Senior al-Qaida members surrender to police in Yemen

20:38, June 07, 2010      

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A leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch surrendered to the Yemeni security authorities, a day after another al-Qaida militant turned himself in to police, the country 's Defense Ministry reported on Monday.

The ministry's website identified the al-Qaida leader as Hamza Ali Saleh al-Dhayani and said he turned himself to the Yemeni security authorities on Sunday.

It also identified another al-Qaida militant who surrendered on late Saturday as Ghalib al-Za'aidy. The ministry said both al- Qaida members are from the northeast province of Marib.

Meanwhile, a spokesman of al-Qaida military commander Qasim al- Raimi told Xinhua in an exclusive interview that "both men whom the Yemeni authorities claimed that they surrendered to the police were never ever al-Qaida members."

He said that "Hamza al-Dhayani has been trying many times to join al-Qaida, but al-Qaida always refused him due to his suspicious connection with Ghalib al-Qamish, director of the Yemeni Intelligence Agency (or the Political Security Agency)."

"Al-Qaida made sure that al-Dhayani is serving as a secret agent with the Yemeni intelligence and the agency's director al- Qamish himself used to phone Hamza al-Dhayani from time to time," he said.

"Hamza al-Dhayani and Ghalib al-Za'aidy were never members of al-Qaida group in the Arabian Peninsula and have no links to any members of the group," he added.

Source: Xinhua


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