Yemen’s Interior Ministry said Friday it is planning to set up four counter-terrorism units in different provinces to curb the activities of resurgent al-Qaida wing.
In a statement posted on its website, the ministry said the four counter-terrorism units are to be established in the provinces of Marib, Shabwa, Abyan and Hadramout.
The would-be established units are affiliated with Sanaa-based Central Security Forces and will be carefully prepared and trained “to paralyze the movement of the terrorist elements of those provinces, as well as to step up the security cordon imposed on the cell of them there,” it said.
The statement also said the ministry has already put its plans regarding the establishment of the four units, by which “the terrorists will be uprooted out of Yemen.”
The four provinces, northeast and southeast of the country, have been the scene of a series of deadly attacks allegedly carried out by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) since early this year, leaving at least dozens of security personnel killed or injured.
Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, intensified security operations and air raids against the al-Qaida again after the group claimed responsibility for sending parcel bombs by cargo planes bound for the United States in late October. (PNA/Xinhua)