Yemeni police forces say the senior figure known as 'Aboudi' was plotting a car bomb attack in the city of Aden with two other militants.

Police troopers search cars in Sanaa, Yemen.
Police troopers search cars in Sanaa, Yemen.

Yemeni police forces on Monday detained a senior al-Qaeda militant that it described as the most wanted in the country.

A police statement said the senior al-Qaeda figure known as 'Aboudi' was arrested for his involvement in a series of bombings and assassinations of security and military officials.

The statement said the militant ias plotting a car bomb attack in the city with two other militants.

Yemenis inspect the scene of a DAESH car bomb attack that killed a Yemeni senior official in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. Image: AP
Yemenis inspect the scene of a DAESH car bomb attack that killed a Yemeni senior official in the southern port city of Aden, Yemen. Image: AP

Yemen fell into a civil war in late 2014 when the Shia Houthi group overran capital Sanaa and other provinces, forcing President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi and his Saudi-backed government to temporarily flee to Riyadh.

Al-Qaeda and DAESH exploited the conflict to expand in these zones.

Shiite militants, known as Houthis, ride on a patrol truck as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen. Image: AP
Shiite militants, known as Houthis, ride on a patrol truck as they chant slogans during a tribal gathering showing support for the Houthi movement in Sanaa, Yemen. Image: AP

In March of last year, Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies launched a massive military campaign in Yemen aimed at reversing Houthi gains and restoring Hadi's embattled government.

Backed by Saudi-led airstrikes, pro-Hadi forces have since managed to reclaim large swathes of the country's south -- including provisional capital Aden -- but have failed to retake Sanaa and other strategic areas.

Source: AA