Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Nine arrested

Yemen has recently arrested nine suspects in the USS Cole bombing:

Nine suspects in the 2000 bombing of the destroyer USS Cole have been arrested, the Yemeni government said yesterday, including eight who escaped from jail last year.

Interior Minister Rashad al-Eleimi said authorities were closing in on two suspects still at large since their April jailbreak in the southern port city of Aden. The breakout came as a major embarrassment to the Yemeni government. The bombing in Aden killed 17 U.S. sailors and has been blamed on Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network.

Separately, Yemeni security officials said seven terror suspects were arrested in the past two days in the provinces of Aden and Abyan in the country's south. They did not provide their names.

But the ruling Congress Party's Web site reported that Ali Mohammed Omar Sharbagy, one of two arrested in Abyan, was suspected of having connections to the attack on the U.S. destroyer.

Sharbagy is not among the 10 who broke out of jail last year.


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