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Two suspected Qaeda militants killed in Yemen drone strike: residents

Yemeni men walk past a mural depicting a US drone and a dove in a yin-yang symbol on December 13, 2013 in the capital Sanaa. AFP PHOTO/ MOHAMMED HUWAIS

ADEN, Yemen: Two suspected Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a U.S. drone strike in the southeastern province of Hadramout on Wednesday, residents and local officials said.

They said the aircraft fired at least one missile on a car in the al-Qatan region, completely destroying the vehicle and killing two people.

The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network, posing a serious threat to Western interets.

Yemen is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones, although it does not comment on the practice.

The Yemeni army, with U.S. backing, drove Al-Qaeda militants and their allies from some of their southern strongholds in 2012. But the jihadists have since regrouped and mounted attacks on government officials and installations.





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