Officials: Yemen drone strike kills 4 suspected al-Qaida members

By REUTERS
August 6, 2013 09:52




SANAA - At least four suspected al-Qaida members were killed in a drone strike in central Yemen, local tribal leaders said on Tuesday, following a US warning of a possible major militant attack in the region.

The warning issued by Washington on Friday has prompted the closure of several Western embassies in Yemen and several US missions across the Middle East and Africa.

The New York Times reported on Monday that the closure of the US embassies was prompted by intercepted communication between al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wuhaishi, head of Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The Yemeni tribal leaders said five missiles struck a vehicle travelling in Maarib Province in Tuesday's strike, killing all of its occupants.

State news agency Saba also said initial reports indicated that four suspected al-Qaida militants were killed in the air strike in Maarib, but gave no further details.


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