Yemen seizes ship carrying weapons

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 29 at 10:34 AM

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's state news agency says authorities have seized a ship in the nation's territorial waters carrying explosives and weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles.

A report carried by the agency on Tuesday said Yemen's coast guard intercepted the ship last week in an operation coordinated with the U.S. Navy.

It did not say why news of the interception was not announced earlier.

The report said the vessel's eight crew members were Yemenis and that its destination and source of the weapons were under investigation.

Yemen has recently witnessed several cases of illegal arms shipments through its porous shores on the Red and Arabian seas.

Yemen is home to an active branch of al-Qaida, which staged several failed or foiled attacks on U.S. territory over the past several years.

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