Five suspected al Qaeda militants killed in Yemen by drone strike
Reuters, Sunday 8 Oct 2017


Five suspected al Qaeda militants were killed by a drone strike inYemen's Marib province early on Sunday, residents said.

The men were hit while travelling in a car in Raghwan district, residents said, adding that their bodies were charred beyond recognition.

There was no immediate statement from the militant group or from U.S. forces who have repeatedly launched drone and air strikes againstYemen's al Qaeda branch, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The group has taken advantage of a more than two-year-old civil war between the Iran-aligned Houthi group and President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's Saudi-backed government to strengthen its position in the impoverished country.

AQAP operates in several provinces in south and easternYemen, including in Abyan, Shabwa and al-Bayda.



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