SANA’A, Yemen —
A senior member of al-Qaida accused of planning the 2007 suicide bombing of a travel convoy that left eight Spanish tourists dead gave himself up to authorities in the central Yemeni province of Marib, the Defence Ministry said on Monday.
Hamza al-Dhayani surrendered after negotiations led by tribal dignitaries and local authorities in Marib, the ministry said on its web site, citing governor of Marib Naji al-Zaidi.
Al-Dhayani is accused of preparing for the July 2007 deadly attack in Marib that also left two Yemenis dead and injured five Spanish tourists and four other Yemenis.
An al-Qaida wing in Yemen has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Authorities have said that al-Dhayani and another al-Qaida member, Ammar al-Waeli, had recruited the suicide attacker, Abdu Muhammad Rahiqa, 21, who rammed a car packed with explosives into the tour convoy.
They said al-Dhayani and al-Waeli were acting under the command of Hamza al-Quaiti, the purported instructor for several bombing attacks including the Marib bombing.
Al-Quaiti was among five al-Qaida suspects killed in a gun battle with police forces in Hadhramout province in August 2008.
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