Saudi and Yemeni special forces have arrested the head of the Islamic State group’s branch in, the Arab military coalition backing legitimacy in Yemen revealed on Tuesday.
The leader identified as Abu Osama al-Muhajir was caught in a joint operation carried out by Saudi and Yemeni special forces along with other members of the jihadist group including its chief financial officer, coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki said in a statement.
“The operation lasted for 10 minutes and was an extension of the close co-operation between Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government to combat and dismantle terror networks,” the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) quoted coalition spokesman Col Turki Al Malki as saying.
“A house kept under close surveillance proved the presence of the terror group’s leader, and other elements, along with three women and three children,” Col Turki Al Malki said.
Weapons, ammunition, laptops and computers, money in various currencies, electronic devices, GPS devices , and telecommunication devices were also seized during the operation, SPA added.
Maliki did not specify the location of the house or where the raid was conducted, but said there were no civilian casualties.