Aden: An apparent US drone strike in Yemen killed two suspected al-Qaeda members and caused a large explosion when munitions they were transporting blew up, a security official and witnesses said Wednesday.
Washington is the only government to operate drones over Yemen but only periodically releases statements on its long-running bombing campaign against the country’s powerful al-Qaeda branch.
Tuesday evening’s strike hit the Wadi Abida district of Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa.
The security official named one of the dead as Abu Yaqin al-Waeli, a local al-Qaeda commander.
Marib is largely in the hands of loyalists of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and his allies in a Saudi-led coalition.
But al-Qaeda has taken advantage of fighting with the Shiite rebels who control the capital to expand their presence in the province.
Washington considers al-Qaeda’s Yemen-based franchise to be its most dangerous and has kept up its drone war throughout the conflict.