Saudi hands over tanker attack suspects to Yemen [Archives:2003/672/Front Page]

September 29 2003

SANA'A, Sept 24 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia on Wednesday handed over nine Yemeni detainees, some of them wanted for the bombing of a French oil supertanker last year, a Yemeni official said.
Saudi Arabia and Yemen are boosting security cooperation to battle al Qaeda ) which is blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities and for the bombings of the U.S. warship Cole and the French supertanker Limburg in Yemeni waters in 2000 and 2002.
“The nine suspects held by Saudi Arabia, including some wanted for the Limburg attack, were extradited to Yemen in the framework of our security cooperation,” the security official told Reuters.
The two Arab neighbors have handed over a number of suspected militants in recent months.
The attack on the French supertanker killed one crew member.
Saudi Arabia, birthplace of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and Yemen, his ancestral home, have been the scene of frequent attacks by Islamic militants and clashes with security forces.