14 al-Qaida suspects arrested in south Yemen

16:46, September 05, 2010      

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At least 14 suspected members of al- Qaida have been arrested in Lodar city in Yemen's southern Abyan province since the battles between security forces and alleged al- Qaida militants ended at the end of last month, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

The ministry said in a statement posted on its website that the 14 suspects were arrested in a security sweep after the terrorists were totally defeated by the security forces in a week-long fighting late last month in Lodar.

The security sweep against al-Qaida suspects will continue around the clock, it added.

On Aug. 20, deadly battles erupted in Lodar city and lasted for more than a week after alleged al-Qaida fighters killed 11 soldiers in an ambush in the city.

Lodar is believed to be a stronghold of al-Qaida forces in the Arabian Peninsula that has witnessed a series of deadly battles between suspected al-Qaida fighters and the security forces late last month, leaving dozens of people dead or injured.

The U.S.-backed Yemeni government has intensified security operations and air raids against terrorist groups after the Yemen- based al-Qaida wing claimed responsibility for a botched attempt to blow up a U.S. passenger plane bound for Detroit in December last year.



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