Alleged U.S. drone strike in Yemen kills 5 al-Qaeda militants
Bombs hit the men in their car while they were traveling on a coast road east of the Arabian Sea port of Mukalla
A suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five al-Qaeda fighters in eastern Yemen on Wednesday, officials said, as extremist groups claimed a string of attacks in the war-torn country.
The officials said the bombs hit the men in their car while they were traveling on a coast road east of the Arabian Sea port of Mukalla, which was occupied by al-Qaeda fighters in April after security forces retreated.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is the deadliest branch of the global militant organization and has taken advantage of a war pitting Houthi militiamen against forces loyal to exiled President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi to grab territory and operate more openly.
The chaos has also given rise to a Yemeni branch of the hardline ISIS group, which on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a bomb planted near a police car in the capital Sanaa. No one was hurt in the blast.
Al-Qaeda on Tuesday said it carried out 12 separate gun and bomb attacks on Houthi fighters in the central province on al-Baida.
It was immediately possible to confirm the claims.
The Houthis are a Shiite Muslim sect and both al-Qaeda and ISIS consider the Iran-allied Houthis apostates.