SANA’A – An official from Yemen’s national security authority revealed that Hasan Hussein Bin Alwan, described as the “largest financer of Al-Qaeda” and who was arrested in the Yemeni region of Marib last Friday, had been under surveillance for six months.
Saudi national Bin Alwan reportedly raised funds from beyond Yemeni borders claiming they were destined for the construction of mosques, schools, orphanages and other charity projects.
Officials described Bin Alwan as possessing an “ability to deceive donors and convince them of the legitimacy of their donations”, adding that he made frequent trips between the Marib and Abyan regions.
Sources also spoke of divisions between elements of the so-called “Qaedat Al-Jihad in Yemen” group headed by Yemeni Nasir Al-Wuhaishi, believing them to indicate a near collapse of the organization.
The disputes, according to the sources, revolve around leadership and strategy following a build up of resentment towards the group after its attacks on Yemeni oil establishments which have in turn affected people’s incomes.
The abduction of foreigners and its impact on the Yemeni economy is also cited as a point of contention within the group.
The sources say that Muhammad Al-Oufi’s surrender to Yemeni authorities and his repatriation to the Kingdom last February was a result of those divisions in the terrorist organization which some experts say could lead to more individuals, notably among those who are yet to engage in any acts of terrorism, handing themselves in to the authorities. – Okaz/SG