Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Yemen Detains Al-Qaeda Suspects After Embassy Threats

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Yemeni security forces said they arrested three suspected al-Qaeda militants linked to a cell of the terrorist group blamed for threats against the U.S. Embassy and other foreign missions.

The militants were detained in northwestern Amran province, where they’d fled after escaping a police raid near the capital Sana’a two days ago in which all three were injured, the Interior Ministry said in a statement posted on its Web Site late yesterday.

That operation, which killed two suspected al-Qaeda militants, “addressed a specific area of concern,” the U.S. Embassy said yesterday. The risk of terrorist strikes against American interests in the country remains “high,” it said.

The U.S. Embassy reopened yesterday after a two-day closure because of the threat of attacks from al-Qaeda. The U.K. Embassy resumed some operations yesterday after a two-day suspension, while remaining closed to the public. The French Embassy today also opened its doors to the public for the first time since Jan. 3, French Foreign Ministry spokesman Francois Courant said by phone from Paris.

The U.K. and U.S. are offering more security assistance for Yemen, an impoverished Arabian Peninsula nation, which is emerging as a base for al-Qaeda attacks as the terrorist group comes under pressure in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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