Parcels suspect arrested in Yemen: defence ministry

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Yemeni security forces arrested on Saturday a woman suspected of sending two allegedly Al-Qaeda linked parcel bombs after surrounding her house in Sanaa, the defence ministry said.

"Yemeni security forces arrested a woman suspected of sending two parcel bombs," the ministry announced.

"The girl arrested is a medical student at Sanaa University and she was arrested with her mother in a neighbourhood in the outskirts of Sanaa," a security official told AFP.

"Her father is a petroleum engineer who works with a company in the Hadramawt province," east of Yemen.

Yemeni security services found the girl's mobile phone number on the parcels' receipt, the official said on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, President Ali Abdullah Saleh said security forces had surrounded the house where the woman was staying.

Two suspected Al-Qaeda parcel bombs destined for the United States and sent from Sanaa were intercepted in Dubai and Britain on Friday.

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