Yemen seizes boat carrying automatic weapons

May 9, 2010 18:54

Yemeni authorities have seized a fishing boat carrying some automatic weapons, night vision goggles and ammunition, a coast guard commander said Sunday.

The state-run Radio San'a quoted Brigadier Yahia Rassi as saying the boat was seized Saturday evening near the port of Aden. He said the 14 Indian and Somali crew members were arrested.

No other details were released, but Rassi said boat was carrying a "limited quantity" of automatic weapons, ammunition and night vision goggles.

He did not say who the intended recipient of the shipment was, but Yemen's al-Qaida offshoot is a possibility. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for the failed Christmas Day attempt to bomb an American airliner bound for Detroit.

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