US drone strike kills five in Yemen’s Ma’rib

At least five people have been killed in a US drone raid in Yemen’s central Ma’rib province, east of the capital, Sana’a.

Local sources said on Sunday that the early morning strike targeted a car in the area.

The vehicle belonged to a known local leader of Yemen’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Some media reports said al-Qaeda militants had been transporting arms from Yakla in Baida province.

The latest strike comes 24 hours after a similar raid killed three suspected AQAP operatives in the southern province of Shabwa.

On March 2, Washington launched a series of strikes against alleged al-Qaeda targets in Yemen. The attacks focused on the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwah as well as Bayda, farther to the north. 

The strikes were the first since a botched ground raid in January that killed women and children as well as an American commando. Yakla was the target of the controversial January 29 air raid

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