Authorities say military operations targeting Al Qaeda hideouts and a training camp in Yemen have left up to 34 suspected militants dead, including four would-be suicide bombers, and led to the arrest of 17 others.

Provincial security official Saleh el-Shamsy said airstrikes followed by a ground operation targeting a training camp in Abyan province south of San'a killed 30 suspected militants.

Separately, the Interior Ministry said operations were carried out also Thursday in areas outside San'a, killing four would-be suicide bombers and arresting 17 suspected militants. The suicide bombers were in the Arhab district northeast of the capital.

Yemen is troubled by a weak central government and a growing Al Qaeda presence.