Fighters of the Popular Local Committees arrested on Monday four al-Qaeda operatives in Jaar of Abyan governorates, a local source revealed.
The source said the committees that back the Yemeni army are conducting a hunt campaign against al-Qaeda militants in the wake of targeting a leader of the committees, Abdul-Latif Al-Sayed on Saturday while he was in the port city of Aden.
Al-Sayed had escaped several assassination attempts by al-Qaeda during the past few months after al-Qaeda militants received a painful blow by the offensive conducted by the military along with the Popular Resistance Committee.
He was taken to Sana’a to receive treatment. It has been rumored he will be taken to Saudi Arabia to receive further treatment, media sources said.
Early of August, al-Qaeda killed at least 45 people and wounding dozens more in the deadliest attack since the army declared victory over militants in June.
In response to attacks carried out by Al-Qaeda against leaders and fighters of the Popular Resistance Committees, the fighters pledged to continue fighting Al-Qaeda militants until eliminating them completely, according to sources.
Al-Qaeda restored to use other tactics as it assassinated a number of Yemeni military commanders and officers, and carried out suicide bombings against military and security compounds in the capital Sana'a and other cities.