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Border Patrol scrubs press release announcing arrests of Yemeni nationals on terror watch list

Incidents happened in January, March.

Updated: April 6, 2021 - 8:04pm

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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol this week scrubbed from its website a press release detailing the agency's capture of two Yemeni nationals who are on the FBI's terrorism watch list. 

The original press release, which was available as late as about 9 p.m. Monday, announced CBP's apprehension of "two Yemeni men within the last 2 months that were identified on a terrorism watch list."

One individual was arrested in late January while attempting to illegally enter the country. The other was apprehended in late March. In addition to being on terror watch lists, both men were on the U.S. No-Fly List, CBP also said.

Yet by Tuesday afternoon, the press had disappeared from the CBP's website. A visit to the press release's URL now simply displays the message: "You are not authorized to access this page."

On Tuesday evening, an agency spokesman said the post was deleted because it "was not properly reviewed and contained certain disclosure and policy information related to national security."

Both arrests occurred at the El Centro border station in Southern California, the press release said.