According to an official, Saudi and Yemeni forces have conquered the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) in Yemen.
Abu Osama al-Muhajer was captured in a robbery on June 3. A house that was under surveillance, Turki al-Maliki, a spokesman for the military coalition led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, said in a statement on Tuesday.
The other members of the Al-Maliki group did not mention the location of the house, but said there were no civilian casualties. Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Saudi Arabian Special Forces Conquer Daesh leaders (ISIS) in #Jemen . #SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/4jnSugr9ox
Weapons, ammunition and telecommunication equipment were also seized During the raid the coalition described the operation as "a heavy blow to the terrorist group Daesh (ISIL), especially in Yemen".
The statement did not specify where the men are now being held. There were no details as to why the Saudi military announced the success of the attack three weeks after its execution.
The branch of ISIL in Yemen was founded in late 2014. In early 2015, a coalition led by Saudi Arabia was founded with the support of the West, and the United Arab Emirates intervened in Yemen to support the country's internationally recognized government after Houthi rebels had overrun the capital Sana'a.
The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis and pushed millions to the brink of famine.
ISIL has launched a series of attacks since its inception.
The most devastating attacks took place in March 2015, when suicide bombers in two Shiite mosques in Sanaa unleashed massive explosions that killed 137 people. In late 2015, ISIL fighters killed the governor of the southern port city of Aden, and in May 2016, two ISIL suicide bombers targeted young men who wanted to join the army, killing at least 45.
ISIL, originally an offshoot of al Qaeda took control of about a third of Iraq and Syria in 2014, but has since lost its territory there.
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