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Yemen: Al Qaeda Attacks Thwarted, Top Leader Captured


Three Al Qaeda terrorists were killed and others injured when the terrorists attacked a security point in the Safer area in the Marib province, an official source at Yemen’s Interior Ministry reported on Thursday, according to state news agency SABA.

Three soldiers were killed and three others wounded in the attack, the source said, SABA reported.

According to the source, two cars carrying a number of al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the soldiers who were having lunch.

One of the cars was seized, with the second vehicle managing to escape carrying a number of the al-Qaeda members injured in this attack, the source told SABA, adding that “that the security services kept the bodies … for examination and verification of their identities.”

At the last report, Yemen security forces continue to seek the second car.

Relatedly, the source stated that the security forces in Taiz province seized Khalid Saeed Batarfi a senior al-Qaeda leader in charge of ‘public relations’ for the terrorist organization in the region, and another person belonging to al-Qaeda, called Ahmed Omar Abduljalil al-Khadebi, while they were headed for the sit-in square in Safer area of Taiz, according to SABA.

Materials and instructions for making explosives, a computer, grenade, an automatic gun, and GSM phone cards were found in possession of Batarfi and al-Khadebi, the source said.

The source added that al-Khadebi tried to escape but he was arrested by the security forces.

Batarfi is one of the al-Qaeda senior leaders, and beside his responsibility for media, he is also responsible for leadership of the al-Qaeda military wing in the southern provinces of Abyan and Baidha’a. He is responsible for several terrorist attacks have been carried out by the al-Qaeda in Hadramout and Abyan provinces and other provinces during the last period, according to SABA.

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