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Yemen arrests journalist over links with al-Qaida

07-12-2010 10:00 BJT

SANAA, July 11 (Xinhua) -- A Yemeni journalist was arrested on Sunday over suspicion of having links with al-Qaida's attack on a Yemeni intelligence agency, a top intelligence official said.

"An arrest warrant was issued late today by the Director of the Political Security Agency (the intelligence) to capture Abdulelah Haidar Shaiee, a Yemeni analyst and journalist on the security affairs and al-Qaida group," the official told Xinhua.

"The arrest came following a statement that released on the same day by the Yemeni-based al-Qaida militants, in which they claimed responsibility for the June 19 attack on the intelligence headquarters in the southern port city of Aden," he said on condition of anonymity.

The intelligence official said that Shaiee is facing charges of having links with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

"He is accused of having close relations with the al-Qaida attackers who targeted the building of the intelligence service in Aden that left nearly 20 intelligence officers dead," he added.

Shaiee was taken by four gunmen from his friends' car in Hadda street, near the main intelligence headquarters in Sanaa late Sunday, said lawyer Abdulrahman Barman, a director of a non-governmental human right organization based in Sanaa.

On the same day, Yemeni al-Qaida group released a statement, claiming the responsibility for the June 19 attack on the intelligence headquarters in Aden.

"Battalion of martyr broke into the intelligence headquarters' building in Aden on June 19 and successfully managed to kill at least 24 security officers and soldiers," said the statement posted on al-Qaida-related jihadist website.

It added the attack was a "revenge for the government air raid on the group's stronghold in Marib province, northeast of Sanaa."

Shaiee is a journalist with the official Saba News Agency, and also a freelancer for other international medias. He reportedly managed to conduct several exclusive interviews with AQAP's top leaders, such as the group's leader Naser al-Wiheshi and the U.S.-wanted Yemeni-American fugitive radical imam Anwar al-Awlaqi.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida network leader Osama bin Laden, has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups, after the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit last year.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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