YEMEN Press Agency

Security services raid dens of al-Qaeda criminal cell linked to coalition

SANAA, Nov. 22 (YPA) – The security services in Taiz and Ibb provinces have conducted a joint campaign and raided hideouts of a criminal cell affiliated to Al-Qaeda organization that was planning to carry out criminal operations targeting citizens’ security and lives.

The cell members were moving between Ibb and Taiz provinces, according the Interior Ministry’s Security Media Center.

“The operations of monitoring and follow-up to the cell movements confirmed that a large number of its members flocked to Thi al-Sefal district in Ibb and al-Taiziya district in Taiz to carry out criminal operations simultaneously in the two provinces, with planning and funding of the US-backed Saudi-led coalition,” the center said in a statement.

The statement explained that the security campaign was carried out by various security units in Ibb and Taiz provinces, in cooperation and coordination with the security and intelligence services and with the cooperation and support of sheikhs and citizens in the two provinces.

After an armed confrontation, security forces were able to arrest a large number of criminal cell elements, the statement added.

The media center affirmed that the security and intelligence services are pursuing the elements that managed to escape in order to catch them and bring them to justice.