Five operatives of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch were killed when a US drone strike targeted their vehicle in Yemen’s central province of al-Bayda.

Military sources have confirmed that missiles fired from the unmanned US aircraft have destroyed a vehicle carrying al-Qaeda operatives in the mountains of Radaa area in central al-Bayda province.

According to the same sources:

“The slain al-Qaeda men were apparently travelling from Marib province and heading to meet their comrades in the al-Bayda province”.

 The United States has announced that its military has killed 13 al-Qaeda militants in three separate strikes in Yemen in recent weeks, however it did not specify how the strikes were conducted nor did it reveal the identities of the militants targeted.

Yemen has recently seen a growing number of al-Qaeda activities due to the prolonged security vacuum resulting from the 19-month civil war between the exiled government and Houthi rebels who seized much of the country’s north, including capital Sanaa since 2014. The military conflict in the country has left more than 6,400 dead, displaced thousands and left the country’s civilians facing a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.

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