- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni troops attacked a car carrying Al-Qaida militants in the southern Shabwa province on Friday, killing all four of them before raiding a nearby militant arms warehouse, security officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media.

Yemen’s state news agency reported that the armed forces undertook a pre-emptive attack on the militants in which they destroyed cars and materiel and injured several other fighters in the Hibban region.

The U.S. considers the Yemeni branch of al-Qaida, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, to be the most dangerous in the world and has linked it to a number of botched or foiled attacks on the U.S. homeland.

The U.S., which trains Yemen’s counterterrorism forces, has launched more than 100 drone strikes against suspected al-Qaida targets in the impoverished country since 2002, according to the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute.

The militant group overran large swaths of territory in southern Yemen in 2011 but the military has pushed back, and over the past few weeks has stepped up an offensive to rout the fighters from their strongholds.