Aden – Three suspected al-Qaeda members were killed in south Yemen in what analysts believed to be a US drone strike.
Residents and local officials said on Friday the attack took place in al Wadie district of Abyan province. One of the three killed was the local leader of the extremist group, Waddah Muhammed Amsouda, who was meeting with others in a house in the area, according to Reuters.
Residents also reported a separate attack on a suspected Qaeda vehicle, in the same province, but said the number of casualties was unknown.
The US has repeatedly attacked the group, using aircraft and drones in what US officials say is a campaign to degrade the group’s ability to coordinate attacks abroad.
The group has exploited the ongoing war in Yemen since two years to recruit followers and cement its dominance in the central and southern parts of the country.
The Pentagon has said that on the 2nd of March a strike against Qaeda in Yemen killed Yasir al Silmi, also known as Mohammad Tahar, a former detainee from the US detention Guantanamo Bay.
On the field level, the Arab Coalition raided sites that belong to Saleh and Houthi militias in the suburbs of Sana’a on Friday.
Al Arabiya.net reported from military sources that 17 raids targeted camps and arms warehouses belonging to Saleh militias, south of Sana’a.
Also, around 35 militants were killed and injured in raids on al Jawf, Yemen.