Authorities in Yemen said Thursday they had arrested a Yemeni-American wanted by the United States for alleged links to an al Qaeda cell in New York state whose members trained in an Afghan military-style camp. Yemen’s ruling party quoted an unnamed security official on its Web site as saying that Jaber Elbaneh, 36, was arrested several weeks ago and was being interrogated in a Yemeni jail. Elbaneh has been accused of links to the “Lackawanna Six,” members of what prosecutors said was an al Qaeda cell based in Lackawanna, New York, a city close to the Canadian border. The official gave no more details. A Western diplomat in Sanaa told Reuters the United States had asked Yemen to hand over Elbaneh since he was an American citizen, but said Yemeni laws prevented the government from extraditing any of its citizens, even if they hold dual nationality. Full Story
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