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Yemen arrests al-Qaeda suspects


Yemeni security forces have arrested six suspected al-Qaeda militants, the interior ministry has said.

The alleged al-Qaeda cell was planning attacks on oil installations, foreign targets and tourists, a statement said.

The group is suspected of involvement in two suicide bomb attacks this month which killed four South Koreans.

Security forces are continuing to hunt other members of the cell, officials said. No details of when or where the suspects were arrested have been given.

Following the bomb attacks earlier this month, South Korea urged its citizens to leave Yemen.

Yemen is one of the poorest countries outside Africa and has seen a series of terror attacks against Westerners, correspondents say.

A double car bomb attack on the US embassy in Yemen in September last year killed at least 16 people. It was the second attack on the embassy in six months.

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