|map by Evan Centanni (www.polgeonow.com)|
The unidentified headless bodies were found dumped earlier Tuesday in the streets of the oil producer Marib province, some 170 km northeast of the capital Sanaa.
According to the ministry, three recorded video tapes were found with the bodies, in which the men admitted of working as agents for the Yemeni-U.S. joint intelligence unit and planting a number of tracking devices linked to U.S. unmanned warplanes that had killed several al-Qaida members.
The Yemeni-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), known locally as Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law) has yet to issue a statement in its jihadi websites to comment on the incident.
Yemen has already undertaken a political transition leads by the U.S.-backed President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the stepping down of former leader Ali Abdullah Saleh earlier this year under a peaceful transfer of power backed by the United Nations.
Restoring security in Yemen has become an international priority after last year's unrest has created security vacuum which was exploited by the insurgent al-Qaida wing to control swaths of remote land and expand activities to major cities. The militants were drove by a U.S.-backed offensive in June.
On Saturday, the Yemeni defence ministry said it aborted an attempt by two al-Qaida suicide bombers from bombing their explosives-laden car near an air force base used by the U.S. Marines in the southern Yemeni province of Lahj.