ADEN, Yemen- Yemeni troops, backed by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), launched a fresh anti-terror operation, against the al-Qaeda group, in south-eastern Yemen, on Saturday. The operation targeted an al-Qaeda-held area in Shabwa province, killing at least five militants, local sources reported.

Besides, several al-Qaeda militants were captured, including a local commander, while scores of others fled into the mountainous areas in Shabwa's Markhah district. A Shabwa-based military official, told Xinhua that, the operation "succeeded and local forces seized a training centre for the al-Qaeda militants."

The UAE-backed forces will continue fighting terrorism in Shabwa, and launch a series of anti-terror operations in the next few days, the official said. Another medical official confirmed to Xinhua that, "at least three soldiers of the Shabwani government troops were killed and five others injured during the fighting."

On Friday, a senior leader of the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), named as Nayif Tarmum, was killed, after he refused to surrender himself to local troops, during a similar anti-terror operation.

The AQAP network, active mainly in the eastern and southern provinces, is responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in Yemen.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has been exploiting prolonged deadly conflicts between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south.


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