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Al-Qaeda man turns himself in.

Byline: Arab News

JEDDAH: A wanted Saudi terrorist, who had become an Al-Qaeda commander in Yemen after returning from Guantanamo prison, has turned himself in to Saudi authorities, an Interior Ministry spokesman said yesterday.

The spokesman said the man, Mohammed Ateek Al-Aufi Al-Harbi, surrendered as a result of the combined efforts of Saudi and Yemeni security agencies. He expressed his desire to surrender through his family.

Al-Harbi, who had been released from a Saudi counseling center for those returning from the US military prison camp in Cuba, appeared on an Al-Qaeda video last month to say he had joined the terror network's regional wing in Yemen as a commander.

Al Arabiya TV channel earlier said Al-Harbi, on a wanted list of 85 militants issued by the Interior Ministry this month, contacted the Saudi authorities three days ago before surrendering in Yemen. The government announcement came after Yemeni authorities said they had arrested dozens of suspects in a manhunt for Al-Qaeda militants in recent weeks.

The publication of the Saudi wanted list followed a move last month by Al-Qaeda's wing in Yemen to name Al-Harbi and a fellow Saudi released from Guantanamo as commanders.

In last month's video, the group's Yemeni leader Abu Bashir Nasser Al-Wahayshi, threatened attacks against Westerners in the region. Al-Qaeda militants have been blamed for a series of terrorist attacks in the Kingdom since May 2003.

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Publication:Arab News (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
Date:Feb 18, 2009
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