Sunday, 6 June 2010

French man inspired by the Christmas bomber arrested in Yemen

Source : Yemen's official news agency (Saba)

Sana'a-A French citizen has been arrested in Yemen's capital, Sana'a, on suspicion of having links with Al-Qaeda, reported on Sunday.

Johnny White was arrested tens days ago at the Sana'a Institute for Arabic Language.

He entered the country in late last year with the goal to study Arabic.

White's arrest comes as many arrests of westerners have been carried out by the Yemeni authorities in recent months on suspicion of having links to Al-Qaeda.

Among the arrested were three U.S. citizens and an Australian mother.

Sources at the institute were quoted as saying that White's behaviour has recently been like the behavior of Abdulmutallab who tried to bomb a U.S.-bound passenger jetliner in late last year.

White speaks Arabic fluently.

After he started to miss classes and be absent, the institute administration dismissed him but police at Sana'a Airport returned and put him under surveillance until he was arrested.

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