After reclaiming Hota from al-Qaeda fighters, a Yemeni bomb squad defused a car bomb in the village, wire services reported Sunday (September 26).
The car was loaded with explosives and grenades, said a statement by the Ministry of Interior.
"The security services also found ownership documents on behalf of a person from Hadramout," the ministry said in the statement.
The bomb "seemed to have been prepared to be activated as the army entered Hota," said official Abdullah Ateq.
Yemeni security forces regained control of the town on Friday after days of clashes with al-Qaeda fighters that the interior ministry said resulted in the arrest of 32 suspects, the death of five al-Qaeda members and two security forces members.