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Yemen: Al-Qaida turncoat alerted Saudis to plot

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni security officials say that a leading al-Qaida militant in Yemen who surrendered to Saudi authority provided the tip that lead to the thwarting of the mail bomb plot.

The officials say Jabir al-Fayfi, who turned himself in to Saudi authorities last month, told Saudi officials about the plan by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's affiliate in Yemen. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.

U.S. officials have said an alert from Saudi Arabia led to the interception of two explosive devices on planes transiting in Britain and Dubai.

Saudi Arabia announced previously that al-Fayfi, a Saudi militant who had joined al-Qaida in Yemen, had surrendered in late September.

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