Yemeni authorities said two pro- al-Qaida militants have been arrested in Marib province, 173 km northeast of the country's capital city of Sanaa, army-run 26 September net reported on Saturday.
Security sources said a police patrol clashed with a group of pro-al-Qaida militants on Friday in Marib and arrested two of them while the others managed to escape, Xinhua reported.
The detainees were listed among the most wanted elements in the northern province of Marib, the anonymous sources added, pointing out that security bodies are chasing the rest of the militants who are still at large.
Due to international efforts to drive radical groups out of
Afghanistan and Pakistan, al-Qaida tries to establish a foothold in Yemen and Somalia.
Earlier in December, U.S. President
Barack Obama said such attempts "must be confronted by growing pressure and strong partnership" with those countries.