Written By: Shuaib M. al-Mosawa
Article Date: Oct 21, 2012 - 9:08:24 PM
A U.S. drone killed four al-Qaeda suspects in al-Wadi district of Marib province in the north of Yemen on Sunday, said a security source.
The source said that the attack targeted a high profile al-Qaeda operative dubbed as Abdullah Uraidan.
On Thursday suspected U.S. drone strikes killed at least seven al-Qaeda-linked militants in southern Yemen, said security and local sources.
The officials say at least three strikes targeted a gathering of militants at a farm outside the town of Jaar, a one-time al-Qaeda stronghold.
The officials say the attacks followed tips of an imminent al-Qaida attack on the town.
Resident of the area who came to the site after the attack said they saw vehicles burning, as thick black smoke billowed into the sky and explosions rocked the areas. They declined to be identified, fearing reprisals. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Government forces deployed to the area and the number of the dead could rise since body parts were found but not counted, the officials said.
The strikes come one day after Yemen’s Defense Minister Gen. Mohammed Nasser Ahmed’s visited Jaar and vowed to hunt down al-Qaeda militants in their hideouts.
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