SANAA, Yemen — A senior security official has disclosed that Yemen's president rejected a truce with al-Qaida militants.
The official said President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi sent his intelligence chief to mediate an end to months of fighting between Yemen forces and the Islamic militants. He said Hadi expected a proposal for an amnesty for militants who renounce violence but was surprised with a two-month truce offer, which he rejected.
Yemen's al-Qaida branch posted a statement on militant websites Monday claiming that the intelligence chief agreed to the truce. The official denied that, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters.
The Yemen branch of al-Qaida is considered the terror network's most dangerous. It took over parts of southern Yemen during a year of internal political turmoil.