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8 killed in U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen

Xinhua [1]
June 2, 2013

A U.S. drone strike killed at least eight members of the Yemen-based al-Qaida offshoot in the southern province of Abyan on Saturday, a government official told Xinhua.

The U.S. unmanned aircraft fired three missiles at a convoy of the al-Qaida militants in the Mahfad region, in Abyan province, leaving at least eight terrorists killed and three others injured, the local government official said on condition of anonymity.

“Two pick-up trucks carrying al-Qaida fighters were completely destroyed in the bombing. Eight terrorist were killed and three others seriously injured,” the government source said.

Another security official confirmed the attack and the casualties, but said the identity of those killed in the strike was not immediately known.

Hundreds of al-Qaida members have been killed in such airstrikes since Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was sworn in in February 2012, after a year-long unrest weakened the control of the central government and allowed the militants to take over swaths of territory in the south.

The Yemeni government managed to recapture several of those southern cities in May 2012.

However, on Jan. 23, a U.S. drone strike targeting armed militants mistakenly hit a house of civilians in Yemen’s southeastern province of al-Bayda, killing two children, according to Yemeni official.