Yemen army kills 3 militants, arrests 3 others in attacks in mountainous Arhab region

Yemeni military officials say anti-terrorism units supported by regular army troops have launched an attack against hideouts of suspected al-Qaida militants in the mountainous Arhab region north of Sanaa, killing three of them and arresting three others.

The officials said the early Sunday attack targeted militants who had fled from Shabwa and Abyan provinces, where the army launched a big offensive earlier this month causing them heavy losses and forcing others to flee to Arhab.

Yemeni warplanes on Saturday night launched three airstrikes targeting suspected militants in two cars in the same area killing two militants, the officials said on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to brief the media.

Washington considers Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula the most active branch of the group.