Drone strike kills 2 al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

Tribesmen stand on the rubble of a building destroyed by a drone strike, that targeted suspected al-Qaeda militants in Yemen. (Reuters)

A US drone strike in central Yemen killed two suspected al-Qaeda members on a motorbike including a local commander, a security official said on Saturday.

The unmanned aircraft struck the motorcycle carrying the men in Bayda province at around midnight on Friday, the official told AFP.

“The strike targeted two al-Qaeda militants, local commander Abu Hussein al-Theriya and another, Dawoud al-Sanaani, as they rode through the province,” he said.

Although the US only sporadically reports on its long-running bombing campaign against al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), it is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.

The drone war has intensified since President Donald Trump took office.

Last Update: Saturday, 17 February 2018 KSA 18:04 - GMT 15:04

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