Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yemen arrests 3 al-Qaida suspects, including Syrian national

SANAA, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- Yemen's police forces arrested three al-Qaida suspects, including a Syrian national, at an airport in the country's western port city of al-Hodayda late on Wednesday, a security official said.

The three men were arrested upon their arrival at the airport of the Red Sea city of al-Hodayda, the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity, adding that they were flying from the Yemeni capital of Sanaa.

The arrest took place after the police received an intelligence tip-off, the official said, noting that security measures have been tightened around the country's airports.

Backed by the United States, the Yemeni transitional government has been strengthening its anti-terror campaign since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February after a year of political upheaval where al-Qaida branch captured several cities in the lawless parts of the country.

The militants were recently either captured or hunted by the security authorities after a U.S.-backed offensive in June, which routed the militants out of their strongholds in the southern province of Abyan.

Combating al-Qaida network is one of the challenges confronting Hadi, who has promised to reform the army, restore security and uproot the resurgent branch of al-Qaida, locally known as Ansar al- Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law).

2012-08-30 07:25:22

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