The Yemeni ligitimate Forces captured a senior leader of al Qaeda during an early morning raid in the southeastern Hadramawt region this morning ,according to local officials.
Special forces stormed the house in a remote village where Abu Ali al-Sayari, a Saudi national of Yemeni origins, was hiding, the official said. They detained three others
and killed two more according to Reuters.
Al Qaeda militants took advantage of Yemen's civil war which began in 2015, seizing parts of the country's south before government soldiers and troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition drove them out of major population centers.
The militants continue to launch occasional attacks on state officials and institutions .
AQAP, which the United States regards as one of the deadliest branches of the network founded by Osama bin Laden, has in the past plotted to down U.S. airliners and claimed responsibility for the 2015 attacks on the office of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris.