World Bulletin / News Desk
Yemeni security forces on Wednesday arrested Abdel-Rahman Muhjib, the self-styled leader of Al-Qaeda, in the western Al-Hudaydah province, the Interior Ministry has said.
According to the ministry, Muhjib took part in several earlier "terrorist attacks" in the province.
He is further accused of kidnapping two South African nationals in May of last year, a security source told Anadolu Agency.
The source, who asked not to be named, added that Al-Qaeda had released one of the two South Africans in January, but continued to hold the other.
Yemeni authorities announced on Friday that they had arrested two high-profile Al-Qaeda operatives in al-Hudaydah during clashes with Al-Qaeda militants.
A Yemeni policeman was also injured in the clashes, they said.
For the last three years, Yemen has been plagued by turmoil.
Along with bloody battles waged by the army against Shia separatists in several parts of the country, security forces also frequently engage in violent confrontations with Al-Qaeda, especially in southern Yemen.Last Mod: 18 Haziran 2014, 17:16