Sanaa: A local al Qaeda leader in Yemen who
sheltered foreign militants, including Saudis, has surrendered
to authorities, a Yemeni security official said on Sunday.
Jamaan Safian was responsible for the organisation`s
activities in the Al-Jawf province, northeast of the capital
Sanaa, according to the official, who spoke on condition of
The source did not provide details on how the surrender
was negotiated, or when it took place.
Sufian`s name does not appear on the Yemeni government
list of most wanted al Qaeda militants.
In the past, Yemeni tribal leaders have negotiated
agreements for the surrender of al Qaeda members.
The local branch of Osama bin Laden`s organisation is
especially active in Yemen`s east.
The Sanaa government has intensified its operations
against al Qaeda, under pressure from Washington, since the
network`s local affiliate claimed the attempted bombing of a
US-bound airliner on Christmas Day last year.