Al Qaeda Member Arrested in Britain, UK Official Says

LONDON -- Britain's top law enforcement official says that an Al Qaeda operative was arrested in Britain earlier this year.

Home Secretary Theresa May says that the operative was a member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and was arrested on suspicion of plotting a terror attack against the U.K.

She gave no further details.

The Home Office did not immediately respond to a request seeking additional information about the arrest. It remains unclear when the alleged Al Qaeda operative was arrested or whether he or she is in prison or faces trial.

May's brief reference to the arrest was made Wednesday during a speech on terrorism at the Royal United Services Institute in London.