Yemen arrests 2 French Qaeda suspects: top official

A Yemeni soldier mans a checkpoint in the capital Sanaa on May 12 , 2014. Authorities on January 17 detained two Frenchman accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda (AFP Photo/Mohammed Huwais)

Sanaa (AFP) - Yemen has detained two Frenchmen with suspected links to Al-Qaeda for questioning, a top security official said Saturday.

"During the past two days, two French nationals accused of belonging to Al-Qaeda have been arrested," said the chief of Yemen's national security service, General Mohammed al-Ahmadi.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has claimed responsibility for a January 7 assault on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo by two Frenchmen that left 12 people dead.