Suspected al Qaeda gun runners caught in Yemen sending arms to Somalia

Reuters:

Yemeni forces have arrested eight foreigners with suspected links to al Qaeda who were smuggling weapons from Yemen to Somalia, a senior Interior Ministry official said on Sunday.

The official said four of the smugglers held Australian passports while a fifth was a Danish national, but gave no details on the identities of the other three.

"The eight foreigners were arrested because they smuggled weapons to Somalia from Yemen," the official said in a statement posted on the state-run news agency Saba.

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Government sources in the Yemeni capital told Reuters that all of the eight suspects had converted to Islam earlier this year and received religious instruction in Yemen.

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Al Qaeda and Somalia with its Islamic Courts seem like natural allies. It is a bit of a different twist with converts acting as the go betweens. Perhaps they were concerned about penetration of their organization in Yemen. With these arrest, those concerns look well founded.

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