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U.S. drone strike kills six al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, home to AQAP

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An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in south Yemen, a security official said Thursday.

The unmanned warplane targeted an al-Qaeda vehicle in Rodhoum area, in Shabwa province, late Wednesday killing its six passengers, the official said.

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, home to what it considers to be the extremist group's most dangerous affiliate - al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

It has kept up strikes on extremists during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Houthi rebels who control the capital.

Militants, including AQAP and ISIS, have gained ground in the south, with AQAP fighters seizing the town of Azzan in Shabwa, earlier this week.