Yemeni army says it arrested al-Qaida leader

February 22, 2011 19:22


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SANAA, Yemen — A regional governor in Yemen said the army has arrested an al-Qaida leader following a shoot-out with security forces that killed three soldiers and two civilians.

Governor Naji bin Ali al-Zayedi of Marib province said troops stopped a car at a checkpoint. He said men fired from the car when soldiers asked for identification. A firefight ensued, killing three soldiers and two civilians. Nine others were injured.

Zayedi said Tuesday that the army arrested Mohammed Abdallah Maouda, an al-Qaida leader wanted by Yemeni security for his suspected role in attacking army posts and bombing oil facilities.

The shoot-out took place Monday.

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