ABU DHABI - Yemen foiled an attack by al-Qaida militants that planned to target local administrative headquarters in the city of Mukalla the UAE state news agency WAM said on Thursday, after security forces found a car laden with explosives that an al-Qaida suspect was planning to blow up.
"We received intelligence about al Qaeda's plans to launch a major terrorist attack in Mukalla aimed at destabilizing the city and creating panic among its residents," the news agency quoted General Faraj Salmin, commander of Yemen's Second Military Zone in the eastern province of Hadramout, as saying.
Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) largely withdrew from Mukalla in April when government and Emirati soldiers seized the city that had been used by Islamist militants to amass a fortune amid the chaos of civil war.
Special teams from the UAE Armed Forces are providing operational assistance to Yemeni forces to rid the city of remaining AQAP members.
An al-Qaida IT expert, known as Abu Hafs Al Shahri, was arrested during one of the search operations in the city, WAM said