World Bulletin / News Desk
A Yemeni suspected of being an Al-Qaeda fighter was killed in the early hours of Monday in a drone strike in the eastern province of Marib, local residents said.
"A U.S. drone raided Al-Arq Al-Awsat area in Al-Wadi directorate, killing a man suspected to belong to Al-Qaeda," a resident told Anadolu Agency.
"Mujahed al-Shabwani was sleeping near his car in an open area, when his vehicle was targeted by the drone attack, killing him instantly," another resident said.
Anadolu Agency could not obtain an immediate comment from Yemeni officials on the reported drone strike.
According to rights groups, scores of Al-Qaeda operatives were killed in 65 US drone strikes – many of which claimed civilian lives, too – since 2002.
The Yemeni government has repeatedly warned that civilian casualties owing to US drone strikes only serve to alter public sentiments in favor of Al-Qaeda.
In December, the Yemeni parliament called for an end to drone strikes on the country's territory.Last Mod: 03 Mart 2014, 09:47