Yemen arrests 2 Frenchmen over suspected al-Qaida links

January 17, 2015 8:03 PM

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni authorities have arrested two French citizens suspected of being members of al-Qaida, the country's national security chief said Saturday, without mentioning whether they were involved in this month's attack by gunmen on a French newspaper.

Gen. Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi says the pair were arrested on charges of belonging to the militant group, adding that al-Qaida has around 1,000 members in Yemen, from 11 different countries.

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