Yemeni troops backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a fresh anti-terror operation against the Al-Qaeda terrorist group in southeastern Yemen on Saturday killing at least five terror operatives.
Report from local sources indicated that, five Al-Qaeda fighters were killed and several others were captured in an operation conducted in an Al-Qaeda-held area in Shabwa province.
Those captured included a local commander. Scores also reportedly fled into the mountainous areas in Shabwa’s Markhah district.
A Shabwa-based military official told media reporters that the operation succeeded and local forces seized a training center for Al-Qaeda terrorists.
On Friday, a senior leader of the Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) named as Nayif Tarmum was killed after refusing to surrender himself to local troops during a similar anti-terror operation.
The AQAP network, active mainly in eastern and southern provinces, is responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in Yemen.