ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Yemeni security forces on Friday thwarted a coordinated attack after defusing three Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) in the southern port city of Aden, a government official told Xinhua.
Three suspected militants were arrested before the three roadside bombs were defused, the government source said on condition of anonymity.
The three militants were captured while trying to detonate bombs remotely in Aden's neighborhood of Mansourah, the source added.
Meanwhile, an officer of the Criminal Investigation Department in Aden revealed to Xinhua that the arrested militants plotted to "assassinate a high-ranking leader."
Drive-by shootings and roadside bomb attacks have been growing in Yemen's government-controlled city of Aden, triggering fears that terror groups might maintain presence in the southern city.
Government officials, including security commanders and high-ranking intelligence officers, have become the prime targets of armed attacks in recent days.
Considered Yemen's temporary capital city, Aden is where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has based itself since 2015.
The impoverished Arab country has been locked into a civil war since late 2014, when Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels overran much of the country and seized all northern provinces, including the capital Sanaa.