US drone kills 5 al-Qaida fighters in Southern Yemen

March 30, 2012 19:31

ADEN - A US drone attack killed at least five suspected al-Qaida members traveling in a car in southern Yemen's Shabwa province on Friday, local officials said.

The drone set the vehicle on fire and killed all its occupants, one official said. One bystander was also killed and five were wounded, officials and residents told Reuters.

A second drone hit a building used by militants but it was empty at the time, residents said.

Al-Qaida has strengthened its hold on southern areas of the Arabian Peninsula country during the past year of protests against veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh, who left office in February.

The United States has retaliated with a campaign of drone strikes on suspected al-Qaida members.

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