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Civilians killed in Yemen drone attack: Witnesses

AFP , Thursday 12 Dec 2013
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Several civilians were killed and others wounded in a drone attack in southern Yemen in which a wedding party was struck on Thursday, witnesses said.

The witnesses and a tribal source said the attack was carried out by a US drone and targeted Qaifa, near the town of Radaa, but were unable to give specific casualty figures.

The US military operates all unmanned drones flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa's campaign against Al-Qaeda and has killed dozens of militants this year.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains active despite Yemeni military operations and the drone strikes targeting its leaders.

Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and the home base of AQAP, which the United States views as the global jihadist network's most dangerous franchise.

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