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article imagePhilippines to Yemen: Bring perpetrators of attack to justice

By Leo Reyes     Dec 24, 2013 in Crime
The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has appealed to the government of Yemen to bring the the people responsible for the death of 52 people including seven overseas Filipino workers (OFW) to justice.
The DFA issued the appeal in the wake of the admission of the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula that his organization was responsible for the bombing at the Yemeni Defense Ministry complex but the target did not include the hospital inside the compound.
Qassim Al-Raimi, head of the militant group in the Arabian Peninsula said the attackers were directed not to attack the hospital but one of them made a mistake and failed to follow the order.
"We confess to this mistake and fault. We offer our apologies and condolences to the families of the victims," Raimi said in the video, which was published by al Qaeda media outlet Al-Malahim. "We did not want your lost ones; we did not target them on purpose. This is not of our religion or our morals." Read more:
The DFA said it still has to confirm the report of the Al Qaeda leader on the matter.
“We have not yet received confirmatory reports on the alleged statements of al-Qaeda,” DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said in a text message.
“Nevertheless, we maintain that the loss of lives in the bombing incident in Sana’a is deplorable and we continue to urge the Yemeni government to do everything in its power to bring the perpetrators of this barbaric and senseless act to justice,” he said.
In a statement, Al-Raimi, said his organization will pay blood money to the victims of the suicide attack but did not say how much and when such payments can be made.
Earlier Yemen President Abdo Rabbo Hadi has expressed regrets for the tragic incident and declared the victims including the seven Filipino medical workers as "martyrs."
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