General Salem Ali Qoton was killed by a suicide bomber in June
Yemeni leaders pray over the coffin of General Salem Ali Qoton, during his funeral in Sanaa on June 19. Authorities have arrested a member of Al-Qaeda allegedly linked to the June assassination of the army general who led an offensive against the network earlier this year. © - AFP
General Salem Ali Qoton was killed by a suicide bomber in June
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Last updated: October 8, 2012

Yemen arrests Al-Qaeda member over general's killing

Yemeni authorities arrested Monday a member of Al-Qaeda allegedly linked to the June assassination of an army general who led an offensive against the network earlier this year, a security official said.

"We have arrested one of the people involved in a suicide attack that targetted General Salem Ali Qoton in June," the official told AFP, adding that the suspect arrested in the main southern city of Aden is "a member of Al-Qaeda."

"The man arrested is a bus driver who carried the suicide attacker to the site of the bombing," he said.

Qoton, who spearheaded a month-long offensive against Al-Qaeda in Yemen's Abyan and Shabwa provinces in the south, was killed on June 18 when a suicide bomber threw himself on the officer's vehicle and blew himself up.

The anti-Qaeda offensive, launched on May 12, ended more than a year of Al-Qaeda control in a string of towns and villages in the troubled south.

The jihadists are believed to have fled to the lawless mountainous regions of the eastern Hadramawt province.

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