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Security Officer at US Embassy in Yemen Assassinated

A US Embassy security official, identified as Qassem Aqlani, was assassinated on his way to work by a gunman on motorcycle on Thursday. According to AP: Yemeni officials said the killing bore the hallmarks of an al-Qaida attack, but it was too early to determine if the group was behind it. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

The attack occurred in near the home of Aglani, in the capital city of Sanaa, and are believed to be in retaliation for recent military action by US-backed Yemeni government offensives against the terrorist group. Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which Washington considers the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has called for attacks on U.S. embassies in a bid to exploit the anti-American sentiment that has swept the Middle East and other parts of the Muslim world in the past month over an anti-Islam film produced in the United States.

Officials have asserted that the attack on the Consulate in Benghazi was not linked to the film, but AQAP has praised the attack in Libya and killing of U.S. diplomats. Two weeks ago, a top intelligence official, Col. Abdullah al-Ashwal, was also killed in a drive-by shooting in Sanaa.

U.S. Universities Threatened – Evacuated

** this story will be updated as details become available**

The University of Texas evacuated all buildings this morning as a bomb threat was called in by someone claiming to be a member of Al-Qaida. Now, more American universities are responding to terroristic threats.

University of Texas at Austin Evacuated under Bomb Threat – Cleared

** as of Noon local time, no explosives were found, evacuation ended

At 10:11am Central time, the University of Texas at Austin was evacuated with the following message posted on the University’s Emergency Page:

Evacuation due to threats on campus. Immediately evacuate ALL buildings and get as far away as possible. More information to come

The threat was received via phone at 8:35am by a caller who identified himself as a member of Al-Qaida – the terrorist organization responsible for the attacks of 911, the U.S.S. Cole bombing and numerous other high-profile attacks. The caller said that the bombs would detonate within 90 minutes.

Roads into and out of the campus have now been blocked off by police.

North Dakota State University Evacuated Under Bomb Threat – Cleared

** evacuation order lifted, re-opening campus at 1pm Central.

At 10:15am local time, the North Dakota State University evacuated all students and staff after receiving a similar bomb threat.

As of 12:27p Eastern, all University campus, downtown and agricultural buildings have been evacuated in response to the threat.

A Minneapolis FBI spokesman has confirmed the threat.

1:15p eastern: University President states that they continue to work with police, school remains closed.

 Valparaiso University on Alert after “Unspecified Threat” – Ongoing

An alert posted Friday morning:

An unspecific threat to campus was made through a graffiti message alluding to dangerous and criminal activity alleged to be carried out during the chapel break period on Friday.

The broad threat provided no details with respect to location or type. Please be on alert and report any suspicious activity to VUPD immediately by calling 911 or 464-5430.

Classes are still in session at the University. The chapel break is currently scheduled for 11:15am local time on Friday.

The school is Lutheran university  located  in Valparaiso, Indiana.

FBI and local authorities searched the campus but found nothing suspicious.

U.S. Embassy in Yemen Surrounded

Hundreds of Islamic protesters surrounded the U.S. Embassy to Yemen in San’a on Thursday displaying anti-American sentiment , chanting “death to America”, burning the U.S. flag and in-general protesting the United States.

Yemeni security forces are reported to have fired warning shots, used tear gas and riot batons to push the crowd back from the Embassy after a few protesters climbed the outer walls, reached the inner wall and replaced the embassy’s American flag with the familiar black Islamic faith flag. No protesters breached the actual main embassy building.

Shortly after attempted breach, one protester was reportedly shot and killed by Yemen security forces.

A senior Yemeni official stated that security personnel have been given orders to shoot any protester carrying weapons although no weapons have yet been seen.

Some protesters could be heard shouting “Not our Prophet! He is a red line!” in unison indicating that the protest might be religiously motivated. Yemen’s Islah religious fundamentalist political party denied organizing today’s protest.

Yemen is home of Al-Qaida, the terrorist network responsible for the 9-11 attacks, the U.S.S. Cole bombing and numerous attacks on U.S. facilities such as that in Libya yesterday. On Tuesday, it was announced that the number 2 man in Al-Qaida was killed some time ago by a U.S. Airstrike. This announcement correlates closely with the ratcheting up of protests to violent activity.

The embassy in San’a had its security drastically upgraded after the Al-Qaida attacks in 2008 that killed 19 people.