Sana’a: Yemeni security forces have arrested a man in Sana’a who had threatened to blow up foreign embassies and assassinate Yemeni leaders, the Defence Ministry's 26sep.net news website said on Saturday.
The man, who was not identified, was also in possession of a stolen car, the website said, citing a source in the Interior Ministry. It added that the case would be referred to a prosecutor after an investigation is completed.
The website did not say whether the man was a member of an organisation or acting alone, nor give any details on the threats.
Embassies in Yemen have faced a number of threats from al Qaeda militants in the past.
On December 24, 26sep.net said security forces had dismantled an al Qaeda cell planning to use suicide belts and car bombs to target the British embassy.
And both the US and British embassies closed on January 3 over fears of an al Qaeda attack, and remained shut for several days.
In March 2008, a policeman and a student were killed and 20 people were wounded in an attempt to bomb the US embassy in Sana’a.
Sixteen people were killed in a double car bomb attack outside the embassy in September.
The Yemeni government began a stepped-up campaign against al Qaeda in late December in the wake of the December 25 attempt to blow up a US airliner by a Nigerian man who was allegedly trained by al Qaeda militants in Yemen.
First Published: Sunday, February 07, 2010, 08:59