The Yemeni forces have foiled a big terrorist plot that aimed at targeting three governorates, the Yemeni President said late Sunday.
President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi said that the foiled plot aimed at targeting public places in each of Sana’a, Aden and Hadramawt through three care bombings.
Hadi, who was talking during a press conference, said that the terrorist plot was revealed following a car accident that involved one of the vehicles that carried the explosives.
The army launched an all-out offensive in May, forcing al-Qaeda to withdraw from towns it had captured in Abyan last year, but the network maintains a strong presence in the region.
Suspected U.S. drone attacks in southern Yemen in the past few days have targeted al-Qaeda insurgents.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula took advantage of the weakness of the central government in 2011 during protests against ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh to expand its presence in the impoverished country.
Al-Qaeda loyalists have carried out a spate of deadly attacks against Yemeni security forces and their militia allies since Hadi came to power, pledging to crush the militants.
Aid groups have warned of a major humanitarian crisis in the Arabian Peninsula state, where half the population live under the poverty line.
As well as fighting the insurgency by Islamists in Abyan, the government also faces conflict with southern secessionists and with the Houthi group of Zaidi Shiite Muslims in north Yemen.