Twenty-nine Al Qaeda men extradited to Saudi
An Iraqi stands on a pickup that was seized from anti-government fighters affiliated to the Al-Qaeda Islamist organization during a military operation led by Iraqi soldiers and policemen. [AFP]
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Yemen has extradited 29 Al-Qaeda militants to Saudi Arabia. The militants have been captured by Yemeni security agencies in operations over the last few years.
These militants, mostly Saudi nationals, were on the Kingdom’s wanted list for terror-related crimes, according to Saudi and Yemeni sources.
Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki, a spokesman at the Ministry of Interior, could neither confirm nor deny the extradition report, posted on Yemen’s Ministry of Defense website on Tuesday. He told Arab News, however, the information on the matter would soon be released. “I will release a statement as soon as I get the information from security departments in the Kingdom,” he said.
An Arab diplomat, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Sanaa gradually handed over the 29 militants to Saudi Arabia during the last few days.
“Both countries are closely working to ensure safety and security in Yemen and particularly on the Saudi-Yemeni borders,” said the diplomat, while referring to growing Saudi and GCC interests in Yemen. Yemen, which neighbors Saudi Arabia, is home to one of Al-Qaeda’s most active branches, known as “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,” whose several plots to attack Western targets, including airliners, were foiled in the past.
Only a few weeks ago, a group of Arab and Saudi militants were behind a massive car bombing and an assault on Yemen’s military headquarters, which killed more than 50 people.
Saudi Arabia has been doling out massive funds to Yemen as part of its peace and security plan. The Kingdom recently donated SR750 million to King Abdullah Medical City project in Sanaa.