43 grilled for links to Xmas bombing

official says several of those nabbed in Yemen are foreigners.

January 25, 2010 22:31
The San'a Institute for the Arabic Language in San

yemen abdulmutallab 311. (photo credit: AP)


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A Yemeni security official said 43 people, including foreigners, were being interrogated for links to the failed attempt to blow up a airliner on Christmas Day. 

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The official said some of the foreigners are studying Arabic and others were married to Yemeni women.

He added that a security team is being kept informed.

Investigators discovered that that the Nigerian suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, lived in a house in the capital San'a owned by an al-Qaida suspect, the official added Monday on condition of anonymity because the investigation has not yet finished

Abdulmutallab was thought to have used Arabic studies as a pretext for entering the country.

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, on Sunday, described Abdulmutallab as a heroic warrior.

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