Political Analysis

Drone strikes targeting al-Qaida kill seven in southern Yemen

National Yemen

Obama said last month there would be more congressional oversight of the controversial drone programme.

Drone strikes killed seven suspected al-Qaida militants in southernYemen on Saturday, nine days after US President Barack Obama said such attacks would only be used in the case of “continuing and imminent” threats.

In two separate attacks, militants believed to be linked to the terror network killed two senior police officers in the eastern part of the country, a local security official said.

Washington views al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) as the movement’s most dangerous wing after it attempted to launch bomb attacks on international airliners.

The official said the seven were travelling in two cars on Saturday morning in the al-Mahfad district of Abyan Governorate in southern Yemen where the Islamist militant group has a strong presence, when thedrones struck.