Clashes between suspected al-Qaida militants, including women, and Yemeni troops left one officer, three soldiers, and at least two militants dead in the country’s south, security officials said Wednesday. The raid ended with the arrest of a number of militants, including several women.
The officials said a raid on two houses in the Hadramwat province sparked clashes that lasted for over an hour. They said suspected female militants in one of the houses in the city of al-Shahr fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at the military force during the fighting.
The officials said several women and children and at least one male militant were arrested at the end of the raid, but did not give an exact number of those arrested. Officials said the women are believed to be Saudi nationals, who make up a large part of the militant group.
The officials said the women were transferred to Sanaa, Yemen’s capital, for further interrogation.
It is not usual for female al-Qaida fighters to operate in Yemen, although they may help the group in logistics. However, officials said some female al-Qaida suspects escaped from Saudi Arabia to Yemen recently. It is not immediately clear if they were among those arrested Wednesday.
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