Yemeni security forces have arrested more than 30 foreign nationals on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda, among them three Frenchmen, an American and a Briton, a security official said on Sunday.
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"Some of them were arrested on suspicion of belonging to Al-Qaeda while others were arrested according to lists provided to Yemen security forces by US intelligence," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Most of those arrested came to Yemen to study Arabic in the same school where Nigerian Omar Farouk had studied," the official said.
He was referring to Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who allegedly tried to blow up a US airliner over Detroit on Christmas day and who had studied in the Sanaa Institute for the Arabic Language, in the Yemeni capital's old city.
"During the month of May, a number of foreigners were arrested, including one Frenchman, one American, one Briton, two Malaysians (and) five Nigerians," the official said.
"There are a number of foreigners who were arrested prior to May," including two French nationals arrested in April, he added.
The source provided details on one of the French nationals, Jeremy Johnny Witter, whom he said was arrested in May.
Source: Expatica (English)