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US Drone strike kills 6 al-Qaida suspects in Yemen: Security

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:34 IST
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  • The unmanned warplane targeted an al-Qaida vehicle in Rodhoum area, in Shabwa provinces.
  • Six passengers were reportedly killed in the accident.

An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six al-Qaida suspects in south Yemen, a security official said on Thursday.

The unmanned warplane targeted an al-Qaida vehicle in Rodhoum area, in Shabwa province, late on Wednesday killing its six passengers, the official said.

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, home to what it considers to be the jihadist group's most dangerous affiliate -- al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

It has kept up strikes on jihadists during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

Islamist militants, including AQAP and the Islamic State group, have gained ground in the south, with AQAP fighters seizing the town of Azzan in Shabwa, earlier this week.

-AFP

First published: 4 February 2016, 2:57 IST
 
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