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Saudi Press Agency

‏Joint Forces Command of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen: Saudi Special Forces Capture Leader of Daesh (ISIS) Branch in Yemen

Saudi Press Agency

Tuesday 1440/10/22 - 2019/06/25

Riyadh, Jun 25, 2019, SPA -- The official spokesman of the Coalition to Restore Legitimacy in Yemen, Colonel Turki Al Malki, stated that at 9:20 am on Sunday, June 3rd, 2019, Saudi Special Forces with cooperation of Yemeni Special Forces conducted a successful operation that resulted in the capture of the leader of Daesh (ISIS) branch in Yemen, a.k.a Abu Osama Al-Muhajir, as well as other elements of the terrorist group including the chief financial officer of Daesh (ISIS) branch in Yemen.

‏A house kept under close surveillance proved the presence of the terror group's leader, and other elements, along with three women and three children, Col. Al Malki said.

‏While conducting the operation, the Coalition has taken all precautionary measures to protect civilians.

‏By fully identifying and understanding their daily routines in the area through monitoring and surveillance, the operation was successful in capturing the terrorists, and ensuring the safety of the women and children inside the house, Col. Al Malki added.

‏There were no injuries among the women and children inside the house, nor was there any collateral damage to civilians.

The operation also resulted in the confiscation of several weapons, ammunition, laptops, computers, cash in various currencies, electronic devices, GPS devices, communication devices, and other possessions, Col. Al Malki said.

‏The entire operation lasted for ten minutes; including the raid, arrest of wanted terrorists, and the confiscation of possessions, said Col. Al Malki.

‏This operation was a result of the close cooperation between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni government in combatting and dismantling terrorist groups, Col. Al-Malki stated.

‏The operation is considered a significant blow to the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS), especially in Yemen.

It is a demonstrable part of the Kingdom's efforts to combat terrorism in all of its shapes and forms.

‏The Kingdom is determined to continue its critical role in the fight against the terrorism, as part of the Global Coalition to Defat ISIS, and in close cooperation with allies.

‏‎‏In conclusion, Col. Al-Malki said that additional details about the operation cannot be disclosed at this time, and will be made available in the future due to ongoing investigations.

-- SPA
17:14 LOCAL TIME 14:14 GMT
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