Monday, May 20, 2013

U.S. drone kills 2 al-Qaida suspects in central Yemen

SANAA, May 20 (Xinhua) -- A U.S. drone strike killed two al- Qaida suspects in Yemen's central province of al-Bayda on Monday, a provincial police official said.

The raid took place on Monday dawn in Khubzat Kaifa in al- Kuraishia district of Radda city, when the suspects left a farm on a motorbike in the area, the official told Xinhua by phone on condition of anonymity.

The Yemeni defense ministry on its website identified the targets as Abd-Rabbu Jar Allah and Obad Mossad Obad.

Radda city, some 170 km southeast of the capital Sanaa, was the scene of deadly battles before the government troops recaptured the city following a deal with the al-Qaida earlier last year.

On Saturday, a U.S. drone strike killed at least five suspected al-Qaida militants in the southern province of Abyan.

The United States has beefed up anti-terror cooperation with the Yemeni government since President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office last February, after a year of political upheaval that allowed al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula to capture several cities in southern Yemen.

2013-05-20 19:53:10    

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