Suspected ISIS militants arrested in Yemen’s Aden

Yemeni loyalist forces gather at the scene of a suicide attack targeting the police chief in the base of the Saudi-backed government on April 28, 2016 in Yemen's second city Aden. (File photo: AFP)

Yemeni authorities have arrested eight suspected ISIS group militants implicated in a spate of attacks targeting security personnel in second city Aden this year, police said.

Police in the southern port city, headquarters of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, also seized silenced pistols and letters from ISIS leaders in Iraq and Syria, a statement said late on Monday.

There has been a spate of deadly gun attacks in Aden this year as government forces have struggled to restore security in the city after driving out Shiite rebels and their allies in July 2015.

The insecurity prompted the cabinet to move to neighboring Saudi Arabia last year only returning in September.

ISIS and its militant rival al-Qaeda have taken advantage of the conflict between the government and the rebels, who control the capital Sanaa, to bolster their presence across much of the south.

In the southeastern province of Hadramawt, government troops seized four tons of explosives and arrested five suspects in the port of Shihr, the army said.

With the support of special forces from a Arab coalition, government troops drove the militants out of provincial capital Mukalla in April, but they are still present in other parts of the vast province.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:49 - GMT 06:49