Al-Qaeda in Yemen admits two of its commanders killed by U.S. drone strikes

Al-Qaeda supporters in Yemen. (Photo courtesy: Getty)

Al-Qaeda in Yemen on Tuesday acknowledged the killing of two commanders following a U.S. drone strike, Al Arabiya correspondent in Sanaa reported.

The terrorist group said Shawki al-Baadani, alias Khawlan al-Sanaani, and Nabil al-Dahab, were killed were left dead by a U.S. drone raid.

A Yemeni security source earlier told Reuters that Baadani was among the most wanted leaders of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, seen by the United States as the jihadist network's deadliest branch.

Baadani was suspected to have been the brains behind a 2012 bomb attack on an army parade which killed nearly 100 soldiers in the capital Sanaa.

The attack was later claimed by al-Qaeda.

On Tuesday, tribal sources and witnesses reported that twin drone strikes killed at least 20 suspected al-Qaeda militants near Rada, the focus of deadly fighting between the jihadists and advancing Shiite rebels.

The United States is the only country operating drones over Yemen, but U.S. officials rarely confirm individual strikes.

(With Reuters)

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