MANHATTAN (CN) – British officials arrested a 29-year-old Yemeni man Friday on U.S. charges of providing material support to, and training with al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, federal prosecutors said.
Minh Quan Pham allegedly went from the United Kingdom to Yemen in December 2010.
“While in Yemen, Pham took an oath of allegiance to AQAP [al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula]; carried an automatic assault rifle; obtained training from and on behalf of AQAP; helped AQAP to prepare online propaganda; and worked alongside two United States citizens,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
“Pham returned to the United Kingdom from Yemen in 2011. He was arrested (Friday) based on the indictment described above. Prior to his arrest, Pham was held by British authorities in immigration custody.”
Pham faces five federal charges. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 40 years in prison, up to life.