Yemen officials say drone kills five militants

Tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a U.S. drone air strike, that targeted suspected al-Qaeda militants. (File photo: Reuters)

Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone has targeted a car carrying militants from al-Qaeda in the country's south, killing all five occupants.

The officials said the attack Saturday took place in a mountainous area in al-Saied in Shabwa province. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak to reporters.

The U.S. considers al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to be the group's most dangerous branch in the world and has linked it to a number of botched or foiled attacks on the U.S. homeland.

The U.S., which trains Yemen's counterterrorism forces, has launched more than 100 drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda targets in the impoverished country since 2002, according to the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy institute.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43