Militants of al-Qaeda have on Wednesday taken control of a number of fuel stations belonging to the Yemeni Petroleum Company (YPC) branch in Hadhramaut province, eastern Yemen, sources reported.
Al-Qaeda operatives closed the Shibam and Al-Houta stations, which belong to the company, after seizing them by force of arms.
The sources confirmed that al-Qaeda militants threatened the workers of the two stations with blowing the stations up.
The areas of Hadhramaut Valley are witnessing a heavy presence of al-Qaeda militants, without any military action taken against them by the so-called First Military Region, which loyal to the Saudi-led coalition, stationed there.
Since 2015, Hadhramaut has witnessed more than 400 assassinations targeting many military and security figures and clerics, often carried out by al-Qaeda and similar Wahhabi gangs.