The four suspected militants were killed when what was thought to be a US drone fired on a checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Azan.(File photo: Reuters)
Reuters, AdenThursday, 31 March 2016
At least four suspected al-Qaeda militants in southern Yemen were killed in what is believed to be a drone strike on Wednesday as unidentified warplanes bombed outposts held by the Islamist militant group further east, witnesses and local residents said.
The four suspected militants were killed when what was thought to be a US drone fired on a checkpoint at the entrance of the city of Azan in southern Yemen.
It was not immediately possible to confirm the accounts by the residents, who said the militants had seized the city two months ago. The United States has acknowledged using drones but declines to comment on specific attacks.
The stepped-up air strikes came as forces loyal to President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi conducted a security operation against militants in al-Mansoura district of Aden, trying to end a state of chaos that had gripped the southern port city where the Yemeni government is temporarily based.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and ISIS have exploited the year-old Yemen war between Hadi supporters, who are backed by a Saudi-led alliance, and Iran-allied Houthis militias to seize parts of the country, including the Hadramout provincial capital in southeastern Yemen