Four Al Qaeda Militants Arrested for Planning Attacks in Yemen

Authorities arrested four Al Qaeda members Saturday who were planning to carry out attacks in the capital San'a, Yemen's interior minister said.

Interior Minister Rashad Rashad al-Eleimi said authorities arrested the militants who also had links to the four suicide bombers who had planned to blow up oil installations on Friday in Yemen.

The minister said security forces confiscated 12 bags each containing about 40 to 50 kilograms (88 to 110 pounds) of highly explosive material as well as masks and women's clothing, which militants usually use to disguise themselves.


Security forces surrounded the militants from Friday night until they were arrested early Saturday morning. The interior minister said the alleged militants opened fire at the security forces but were contained and no one was hurt.

"We are certain that this cell has links with Al Qaeda network and with those who carried out the attacks in Mareb and Hadarmut," al-Eleimi told reporters.