Yemeni forces on Monday killed two suspected al-Qaida militants in a raid outside the capital, according to security officials.
The officials said that security forces attacked a group of militants, which included Nazeeh al-Hanaq, a senior figure on Yemen's most wanted list. The clash took place on as the militants were moving through the mountainous area of Arhab.
They said that Hanaq escaped but two fighters with him were killed in the clashes.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the press.