ADEN, Yemen- An officer of the newly-recruited Yemeni troops was killed by a bomb attack, in the southern province of al-Dhalea, on Tuesday, a security official said.

Muhsen Besbas, an officer of the Yemeni forces, recently established by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), was killed outside his house, by unknown gunmen, who hurled a grenade towards his car, the security source said.

Witnesses said, the motorcycle-riding attackers fled the scene shortly after the assassination.

The UAE-backed Yemeni forces are struggling against a surge in drive-by shootings and armed attacks, launched by terror groups, such as al-Qaeda and the Daesh, who,mostly operate in the eastern and southern provinces, responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in the country.

The U.S. military has carried out air strikes against the al-Qaeda fighters in different provinces of the war-torn Arab country, since U.S President, Donald Trump, approved expanded military operations against the militant group.

The air strikes included intensified overnight air strikes and ground military raids against the al-Qaeda hideouts in the mountainous areas of al-Bayda and south-eastern province of Shabwa.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between Yemen's government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south-eastern provinces.


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