Yemen sends a terror suspect to Saudi Arabia

February 19, 2009 23:17

Yemen handed over on Thursday an alleged Saudi al-Qaida operative to Saudi authorities. The Interior Ministry said that Ahmed Owaidan al-Harbi was repatriated to Saudi Arabia, 20 days after his arrest in eastern Yemen. In a statement, the ministry described al-Harbi as "wanted" by Saudi authorities. No other details were provided. On Tuesday, Yemen extradited a former Saudi Guantanamo detainee turned al-Qaida operative in Yemen back to Saudi Arabia. Yemen has said Abu al-Hareth Muhammad al-Oufi surrendered himself to authorities. Yemen is an impoverished country on the Arabian Peninsula that is ancestral home of Osama bin Laden. It is re-emerging as a terrorist battleground and potential base of operations for al-Qaida.

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