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U.S. drone strike kills 2 al-Qaida members in SE Yemen

English.news.cn   2012-12-28 23:51:20            

ADEN, Yemen, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. missile strike killed at least two members of the al-Qaida terrorist group in Yemen's southeastern province of Hadramout on Friday evening, a government official told Xinhua.

The U.S. drone fired a missile on the al-Qaida members riding a motorcycle near a hospital in Shaher town in Hadramout, leaving at least two terrorists killed, the local official said on condition of anonymity.

"The U.S. strike targeted the motorcycle, killing the two al- Qaida members instantly. The motorcycle was also completely damaged after a huge blast," the government source added.

The killed terrorists appeared to be foreigners, but their identities are not known, according to the official.

A local resident confirmed to Xinhua that he saw a drone flying over the area during the attack.

Militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch are blamed for scores of attacks and assassinations on security officials in the country's restive areas.

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

The militants were recently hunted by the security authorities after an army offensive earlier this year that routed the militants out of their strongholds in southern province of Abyan.

Editor: yan
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