Aden: Four members of the Yemen-based al Qaeda offshoot were detained during a police raid at a hotel in the country`s Hadramout province on Sunday, a security official said.
"The military police forces launched an operation and stormed a hotel in the Seiyun town of Hadramut province, detaining four al Qaeda operatives," Xinhua quoted the official as saying.
The captured men were mid-level commanders of the al Qaeda group. They were involved in several drive-by shootings and armed attacks against security forces and intelligence officials in the province, the official added.
Meanwhile, a high-ranking officer of the Yemeni Political Security Forces survived an assassination attempt in Hadramout`s town of Seiyun on Sunday afternoon, a government official said.
The Yemeni military and security forces, with the US support, have recently intensified operations against suspected al Qaeda strongholds throughout the country, killing many non-Yemeni al Qaeda suspects, and prompting retaliation attacks by the al Qaeda.