Four al-Qaida militants caught by security forces in south Yemen

2012-12-10 16:22:40 GMT2012-12-11 00:22:40(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- Yemeni security troops arrested four members of the al-Qaida terrorist group in the southern province of Lahj on Monday, a government official told Xinhua.

The security forces managed to capture four al-Qaida members and seized several homemade bombs from the terrorist group suspected of planning attacks against military bases in Lahj province, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

"Two of them arrested worked to recruit new terrorists and taught several members of the al-Qaida group how to make bombs," the source said.

Security authorities are continuing to search for other al- Qaida members in the restive southern region, according to the official.

Meanwhile, an army officer told Xinhua anonymously that experts of the anti-bomb disposal unit defused two mines during a military operation launched in neighboring southern province of Abyan.

Al-Qaida militants are yet to comment.

In January 2009, al-Qaida affiliates in Saudi Arabia and Yemen officially merged and formed Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula ( AQAP).

The group, mainly entrenching itself in Yemen's southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa, is on the terrorist list of the United States, which considers it as an increasing threat to national security.

The AQAP underscores the challenges faced by Yemen's new President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, who won support from major Yemeni political forces, the United States and Saudi Arabia.

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