Yemen: Security forces capture 3 al-Qaida suspects

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SAN’A, Yemen (AP) — Yemen’s Interior Ministry says it arrested three suspected al-Qaida militants who were wounded in clashes with security forces earlier this week.

The ministry said in a statement Wednesday the three were captured at a hospital in the province of Amran, northwest of the capital.

The three were wounded when security forces clashed on Monday with a group of militants travelling in the region of Arhab, northeast of San’a, killing two.

After the clashes, the U.S. Embassy in San’a ended a two-day closure, saying the operation had addressed a threatened al-Qaida attack.

Security forces were trying to capture al-Qaida’s suspected leader in the area, Mohammed Ahmed al-Hanaq, and a relative Nazeeh al-Hanaq, but they escaped.