Yemen arrests man suspected of financing al-Qaida

October 16, 2010 19:44

SAN'A, Yemen — Yemen's Interior Ministry arrested a Yemeni man suspected of financing the local al-Qaida branch, a statement released Saturday said.

The ministry said in the statement that Saleh al-Rimi, a 33-year-old Yemeni living in neighboring Saudi Arabia, was stopped at the airport a day earlier because his name appeared on a security list that identified him as a financier of al-Qaida.

Al-Qaida has been expanding its presence in Yemen, with a number of its leaders arriving from Saudi Arabia in recent years. Lately the group began targeting Yemeni security forces in brazen attacks in major cities.

On Saturday, three soldiers were killed in separate ambushes by suspected al-Qaida gunmen in southern Yemen. Tension is rising there after attackers killed a local security chief.

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