Yemeni police raided at dawn Monday an Al-Qaeda hideout in the capital Sanaa and arrested two suspected militants with equipment including explosives, the interior ministry reported.
“The hideout in the Jadder district north of Sanaa was used as a place to make explosives and bombs as well as for plans to carry out political assassinations in the country,” the ministry quoted an official as saying.
“Mines, explosives, detonators, aerial bases, electric detonators and other equipment including those used to make bombs were seized during the raid,” the official said, adding there were books including the guide of assassinations.
The arrestees were part of one of the most dangerous cells which had been involved in assassinations and planned to attack public targets, the ministry quoted the source as adding.
Tens of senior security and military officers, mostly intelligence officers, were assassinated last and other politicians escaped plots.
The Yemeni authorities are continuing a massive hunt for Al-Qaeda operatives across the country after the army drove all militants out of their strongholds in the southern Abyan and Shabwa provinces.
The US provided direct assistance during the offensive and is continuing assistance during the hunt including drone strikes that have targeted key AQAP leaders and militants in various parts of the republic.