Yemen busts terror cells in Aden, Hadramaut

By Nabil Abdullah al-Tamimi in Aden


Yemeni soldiers stand guard at the scene of a car bomb attack at an army checkpoint at the entrance to the town of Hajr, to the west of al-Mukalla, the capital of Hadramaut province on July 18th, 2016. [Abduljabbar Bajubair/AFP]

Security agencies in Yemen's Aden on Thursday (September 13th) said they raided the hideout of an "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS) affiliated terror cell and arrested the cell members.

The cell members, who were captured at their hideout in the western neighbourhood of al-Memdara, had been preparing to carry out terrorist bombings in the provisional capital, local media reported.

The hideout contained many improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and landmines filled with the highly explosive C-4, it added.

The cell members had been targeting the security and stability of Aden, and of the south in general, political analyst Adnan al-Humairi told Al-Mashareq.

"The security situation in Aden had been extremely tough as a result of assassinations which targeted some figures due to conflicts in the city and the south," he said. "In the past, this created a fertile ground for carrying out some terrorist operations."

Al-Humairi urged security agencies in Aden to work as one team, regardless of the different ideologies of their security personnel, and to raise the level of alert as a precaution against potential reactions from extremist groups.

Hadramaut plot thwarted

In the south-eastern province of Hadramaut, military and security agencies on Thursday thwarted a plot to undermine stability, said Hadramaut governor and 2nd Military District commander Maj. Gen. Faraj Salmeen al-Bahsani.

"The military and security agencies on Thursday morning thwarted a terrorist operation and arrested the terrorists involved," he said in a statement.

The cell members were arrested as they prepared to plant IEDs in the cars and motorcycles of civilian, military and security leaders in al-Shahar, Ghail Bawzir and al-Mukalla, he said.

"The security agencies were able to track those elements and monitor their movements," he said. "The four-member cell in al-Mukalla was monitored, and its members were arrested as they prepared for a new terrorist operation, with IEDs, explosive vests and explosives in their possession."

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