SANAA - Yemeni security forces arrested two al-Qaida militants near the capital Sanaa on Monday, seizing explosives, suicide bomb vests, assassination manuals and lists of targets for attack, security sources said.
Although a third man escaped the raid on a hideout at Jader village, 14 km (9 miles) north of Sanaa, the arrests are likely to be seen as progress in government attempts to stem a spate of killings of security officials by suspected militants.
There have been dozens of kidnappings and assassinations of security and
military officials by suspected al-Qaida gunmen in the past year,
suggesting Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains resilient despite increased US drone strikes and
a government military onslaught.
AQAP, which is based in Yemen, is seen by US officials as the most dangerous offshoot of the transnational militant network. Yemen's location next to top oil producer Saudi Arabia and major shipping lanes has made restoring its stability an international priority.