SANAA, Yemen (AP) – A Yemeni border guard shot and killed three suspected militants wearing women’s veils as they tried to cross into Saudi Arabia with a male driver on Saturday, security officials said.
Soldiers at the Hawdh area’s border crossing had sent the car to a nearby police station to have policewomen check its occupants’ identities. The officials said one of the disguised men shot a soldier who had boarded the car, slightly wounding him.
He immediately opened fire with an automatic rifle in response, killing the three and injuring the driver, who later confessed that he and the three disguised men are al-Qaida members who had planned to attack Saudi border guards by suicide bombing.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media, said the driver told the border guards he was taking his family to visit Saudi Arabia.
In July, three al-Qaida militants and two border guards were killed in a car bomb attack and fighting at another border post, while other gunmen managed to enter Saudi Arabia in two cars.
Saudi Arabia said then that its border guards had killed three gunmen and arrested another and a Saudi guard commander was killed.