Al-Qaeda elements have executed and crucified a doctor in the al-Sawma’ah district of Baidha province, local sources said on Saturday.
According to the sources, al-Qaeda gunmen executed Dr. Mutahar al-Yousfi, after he was accused of spying for the government and guiding US drone strikes targeting the Islamist extremists, then they recorded his forced confessions in a video that was posted on social media.
Al-Qaeda members crucified the doctor’s body on a public street after the execution, the source said.
An AQAP video contained – according to the organization – a “confession’ by the dentist to having worked with government security services, and to having placed microchips to guide US missile strikes.
AQAP operates in the Al-Baidha province – which is under nominal Hadi’s government control – after retreating from positions in the south and east of the country, the local official added.
The group plans to execute another Yemeni accused of spying, and is holding five more men and seven women also accused of espionage, the official said.
AQAP has carried out operations against both the Houthis and government forces, as well as sporadic attacks abroad.
Sana’a forces said that they liberated and secured the Yakla region of Baidha province from forces of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Thursday. The al-Qaeda and ISIS elements have fled towards Marib, Shabwah and al-Sawma’ah district, which are under Saudi occupation.