October 30, 2010 / 5:35 PM / 9 years ago

Yemen official says forces detain parcel suspect

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen arrested on Saturday a woman thought to be involved in sending explosive packages to the United States after surrounding a house where she was hiding in the capital Sanaa, a security official said.

“National security forces have just been able arrest the woman,” the official said, adding that authorities traced the woman through a telephone number she left with a cargo company.

Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh said earlier that security forces had surrounded a house at an undisclosed location where a young woman believed to have sent the packages was taking refuge. He gave no other details about the woman.

“Yemen is determined to continue fighting terrorism and al Qaeda in cooperation with its partners. But we do not want anyone to interfere in Yemeni affairs by hunting down al Qaeda,” Saleh said at a news conference, which was very short and did not offer journalists an opportunity to ask questions.

Saleh also said Yemen would be grateful for more cooperation with the U.S., British and Saudi governments on intelligence, saying there was a lack of coordination with the countries’ security agencies.

(Editing by Ralph Boulton)

Additional reporting by Mohammed Ghobari; Writing by Erika Solomon

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