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Seven suspected Al-Qaeda members killed in drone strikes in central Yemen

Seven Suspected Al-Qaeda Members Have Been Killed In Drone Strikes In Central Yemen. The Members Were Probably Carried Out By US Forces, Security Sources Told On Sunday.

PTI | Updated on: 22 Jan 2017, 11:58:54 PM
Seven suspected Al-Qaeda members killed in drone strikes in central Yemen (source: PTI)

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Seven suspected Al-Qaeda members have been killed in drone strikes in central Yemen. The members were probably carried out by US forces, security sources told on Sunday.

A security official, asking not to be identified, said three “armed fighters of Al-Qaeda” died when their vehicle was struck on Saturday in the Sawmaa region of Al-Bayda province.

Another drone strike on Saturday in the same region killed three suspected jihadists who were riding a motorcycle, and on Friday a drone strike killed a local military instructor for Al-Qaeda in the same province, another security source said.

The United States, which considers the extremist group’s Yemen-based franchise, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), to be its most dangerous, is the only force operating drones over Yemen.

But it only sporadically reports on a long-running bombing campaign against AQAP.

Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State jihadist group have exploited a power vacuum created by the two-year-old conflict in Yemen between the government and Shiite Huthi rebels, especially in the country’s south and southeast.

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First Published : 22 Jan 2017, 11:51:00 PM

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