Monday, July 23, 2012

Yemeni security forces detain 3 al-Qaida militants in south

ADEN, Yemen, July 22 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni security forces on Sunday evening detained three al-Qaida militants who planned for armed attacks and terrorist operations in the southern province of Lahj, a security official told Xinhua.

The al-Qaida militants planned to carry out coordinated attacks on government and intelligence offices across Lahj province, the local security official said on condition of anonymity.

"A small pick-up truck with explosive devices that they aimed to use in their terrorist operations was also seized," he added.

The captured militants are currently under intelligence investigation, according to the official.

The militants were arrested a few hours after Yemen's military said it had placed its security services on high alert to prevent any imminent terrorist attacks and suicide operations against security and military checkpoints across the country.

The Yemeni government began to chase al-Qaida militants in the country's southern regions since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, and announced major victory in June after the army recaptured several cities that had been held by al-Qaida for more than one year.

However, the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing then launched a series of assassinations and suicide attacks across the country.

It carried out a suicide bombing in the southern port city of Aden on June 18 and killed the commander of Yemen's southern military region. The group also launched a suicide attack in the capital Sanaa on July 11 and killed more than 20 police cadets.

2012-07-23 02:50:21

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