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Yemen arrests three foreigners over possible al-Qaeda links

Interior ministry: the foreigners, a Bulgarian, Belgian and Somali, were aged between 22 and 48

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Yemeni police have arrested three foreigners in the capital Sanaa after one of them was found to have al-Qaeda material in his possession, the Interior Ministry said.

The foreigners, a Bulgarian, Belgian and Somali, were aged between 22 and 48, the ministry said on its website late on Friday.

“The third person was found to have slogans for al-Qaeda in his possession,” the statement said without identifying which of the three men it was referring to.

Last year Yemeni security forces launched a campaign to drive out al-Qaeda from their strongholds in the south. U.S. drone attacks have also targeted suspected al-Qaeda members.