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Yemeni Forces Capture Key Al-Qaida Leader

Wednesday, 06 Jan 2010 09:04 AM


SANAA — Yemeni security forces, under US pressure to rein in extremists, Wednesday captured a key Al-Qaeda leader believed to be behind threats that saw foreign embassies in Sanaa closing their doors, police said.

Mohammed al-Hanq had evaded arrest on Monday during a security force raid in Arhab, 40 kilometres (25 miles) north of Sanaa, in which two of his relatives were killed and three other people wounded.

He was arrested Wednesday, along with two others who were wounded in the attack, at a hospital in the province of Amran, north of Sanaa, a security official said.

The US embassy, followed by the British and the French missions, had closed over security concerns prompted by fears of an Al-Qaeda threat against foreign interests just days after a failed attack on a US airliner claimed by the Al-Qaeda franchise in Yemen.

The US mission cited "successful" security operations north of the capital as it reopened for business on Tuesday, saying that Yemeni security forces had addressed a "specific area of concern" the previous day -- thought to be a reference to the crackdown on Hanq's group.

The British and French embassies resumed operations on Wednesday, although the British mission kept its consular services shut.

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