The American, the official said, was arrested in a hotel in the southern city of Shabwa, a onetime stronghold of al Qaeda militants, later pushed out into nearby mountains by a military offensive. He was holding two U.S. passports and one German one, officials said.
The official declined to give further details. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
The U.S. Embassy could not be reached immediately for comment.
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