DUBAI - Oman is investigating reports that members of al-Qaida fleeing a US-backed army offensive in neighboring Yemen have crossed into Omani territory, a local newspaper reported on Tuesday.

"The security apparatus has received information about al Qaeda elements infiltrating the territories of the sultanate through Yemen, and checks are underway to track them down to take appropriate action," Oman newspaper quoted Foreign Ministry Secretary-General Badr bin Hamad al-Busaidi, as saying.

No arrests have been made, he told the paper.

The Yemeni army has driven an al-Qaida-linked group, Ansar al Sharia from their strongholds in southern Yemen in a major offensive, and Yemeni officials have said some of its fighters have fled toward a province bordering Oman.

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