Yemen: Six suspected Islamist militants arrested

Sanaa, 8 Oct. (AKI) - Yemeni security forces have arrested six suspected Islamist militants who are allegedly responsible for issuing threats against embassies, the official SABA news agency said on Wednesday.

The suspects belong to a local militant group called Islamic Jihad and were arrested on Monday, SABA reported.

Islamic Jihad has sent several threatening letters to Arab and foreign embassies in Yemen including those of Britain, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the news agency said.

Investigations of Islamic Jihad uncovered an alleged link to Israeli intelligence, according to an unnamed Yemeni security source quoted by SABA.

Nineteen people died in a twin car bomb attack against the US embassy in Yemen's capital, Sanaa, on 19 September.

Those killed in the attack included seven soldiers guarding the embassy, four civilians and six attackers.

The civilians who died included two Yemenis, an Indian woman and a US citizen of Yemeni origin.


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