Yemen’s Houthi rebel group claimed responsibility for a “qualitative military operation” that struck areas deep inside the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in which three people were feared killed including two Indians.
Another person who died in the attack may be a Pakistani.
“An important statement will be announced in the upcoming hours to reveal details on the strategic operation deep inside the UAE,” said the group’s spokesman Yahya Saree in a brief press statement.
The Houthis’ claim just after three petroleum tankers exploded in a fire near the storage facilities of Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in the UAE captial’s Musaffah industrial district, the official WAM news agency reported, citing an announcement of the Abu Dhabi police.
A minor fire also broke out in the new construction area of Abu Dhabi International Airport, according to the WAM.
Initial investigations show the fires and explosion were possibly caused by unidentified drones in the area, WAM said.
The UAE is an active member of the Saudi-led coalition which has been fighting a large-scale war against the Houthi rebel militia in various areas of Yemen.
The Saudi-led coalition intervened in the Yemeni conflict in 2015 to support the Yemeni internationally recognized government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Iran-backed Houthi militia forced him out of the capital Sanaa.
The Houthi militia has recently intensified cross-border drone and missile attacks against different Saudi cities. In February 2021, the Houthi militia launched a major offensive against the government army to capture the oil-rich province of Marib in central Yemen.
NIA arrests key accused in Sunjwan terror attack case of Jammu and Kashmir
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday claimed to have arrested one Abid Ahmad Mir, a resident of Pulwama in connection with the April 22 Sunjwan terror attack case.
He was placed under arrest on Wednesday. The case pertains to indiscriminate firing upon the security personnel during a joint search operation in the area of Sunjwan, Jammu, by unknown terrorists in which one ASI of CISF was killed and several others were injured.
Two terrorists were killed in retaliatory firing by the forces. The case was initially registered in PS Bahu Fort, Jammu and later on taken over by the NIA.
During the probe, the investigating agency learnt that Mir was an Over Ground Worker of JeM. He was a close associate of arrested accused Bilal Ahmed Wagay. He was also in touch with Pakistan based handlers of JeM. He knowingly and voluntarily had extended support to the other co-accused in the commission of the instant crime.
Further investigation in the matter is on.
6 held for trying to rob petrol pump employee by chilli powder attack
Six accused have been arrested for allegedly trying to rob a petrol pump employee in Gurugram after throwing chilli powder on him, police said on Thursday.
The accused have been identified as Mohammad Jamahir, Colleen, Gulshan, Shamsher, Amit alias Gorilla, and Mosin.
All the accused were nabbed by a crime branch team on Wednesday after a tip-off.
The incident took place on Monday when Ramesh was going to deposit the cash of Rs 16.8 lakh collected from different petrol pumps in the UCO Bank branch located near Harish Bakery in old Gurugram.
“During interrogation, the accused disclosed that Shamsher often used to buy goods from an auto shop located near UCO bank… there he noticed that Ramesh used to visit the bank with a bag and then he shared his plan with accomplices and executed the incident,” ACP, Crime, Preet Pal Sangwan, said.
31 persons held during raid at dance bar in Mumbai’s Kalina
At least 31 persons were arrested and four women were rescued during a raid at a dance bar in suburban Kalina area here, police said on Thursday.
Based on a tip-off, the police and social service branch conducted a raid at Pushpak Bar late on Wednesday night, an official from Vakola police said.
During the raid, eight women were found on the premises, despite the owner having permission to employ only four, he said.
The police arrested 21 patrons and 11 employees of the establishment under section 294 (obscene act and songs) and other relevant provisions of the IPC and produced them in court, the official said.
The police will cancel the bar’s licence for violations, he added.
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