Yemeni troops reportedly thwarted a bombing plot designed to destroy one of the primary counterterrorism hubs used by U.S. and local forces against al Qaeda-linked terror cells in the country.

Local security forces stationed at Yemen’s Al Anad Air Base in the southern part of the country uncovered a car filled with explosives and anti-tank missiles parked next to the facility’s main gate on Monday, according to Reuters.

Yemeni troops prevented the two men inside the car from detonating the ordnance and took them into custody after diffusing the explosive materiel, a security official told Reuters.