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U.S. drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida militants in southeast Yemen

English.news.cn   2012-08-08 01:18:34            

ADEN, Yemen, Aug. 7 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone strike targeting an al-Qaida vehicle in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout killed at least three terrorists on Tuesday evening, a security official said.

The unmanned aircraft fired about two missiles on the al-Qaida vehicle in the Qatan area, some 25 km northwest of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramout province, the local security official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

"At least three al-Qaida militants have been killed and two others injured. A small pick-up truck was completely destroyed at the scene," the security official said.

Hadramout is considered as a hub of al-Qaida terrorists in Yemen.

On Monday night, a U.S. air raid hit a suspected al-Qaida target in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda, killing at least six terrorists, including some foreign nationals, the country's defense ministry said.

The United States has beefed up anti-terror cooperation with the Yemeni government since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February, after a year of political upheaval that allowed al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to capture several cities in the south.

The militants were recently either captured or hunted by the security authorities after a U.S.-backed offensive in the southern Abyan province two months ago routing the militants out of their strongholds that they had controlled for nearly a year.

Combating al-Qaida network in the restive south is one of the challenges confronting Hadi, who has promised to reform the army, restore security and uproot the resurgent branch of al-Qaida, locally known as Ansar al-Sharia (Partisans of Islamic Law).

Editor: yan
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