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U.S. drone strike bombs al-Qaida hideout in southeast Yemen, five killed

English.news.cn   2012-09-05 20:41:44            

ADEN, Yemen, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least five members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida wing were killed Wednesday when an unmanned U. S. drone fired missiles at a compound in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout, a government official told Xinhua.

The U.S. drone strike pounded a compound where a group of al- Qaida militants were hiding in the al-Ain region in Hadramout province, killing at least five insurgents and injuring three others at the scene, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

Two senior leaders of al-Qaida terrorist group were among the dead, the government official said, adding that the injured insurgents had managed to flee the bombing area.

The country's defense ministry said in a brief text message obtained by Xinhua that an air strike bombed a residential house belonging to a middle-ranking member of the al-Qaida group.

The air bombing cam just one day after Yemen's President Abd- Rabbu Mansour Hadi ordered an investigation into the killing of 15 civilians in a botched U.S. drone strike three days ago in the country's south.

Wednesday's strike was the fifth drone attack in southeastern Yemen within two weeks.

The United States has beefed up anti-terror cooperation with the Yemeni government since 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 three 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: Yang Lina
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