Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is increasing its presence in the districts of Al-Mahfad and Ahwar in Abyan governorate, local sources told the Yemen Times.

Yahya Awin, a resident in Wadea area of Al-Mahfad, said that hundreds of armed AQAP members returned, after having been dispersed by a military offensive which took place throughout May.

He added that AQAP members openly waving their flags, hold meetings, and give sermons in the mosques of the district to recruit young men.