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Drone strike in south Yemen kills nine Al-Qaeda suspects

Publisher Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
Publication Date 18 October 2012
Cite as Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Drone strike in south Yemen kills nine Al-Qaeda suspects, 18 October 2012, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5089073ec.html [accessed 22 October 2014]
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October 18, 2012

A drone strike near the southern Yemeni city of Jaar has reportedly killed nine Al-Qaeda suspects.

News agencies are quoting an unnamed Yemeni official as saying that the drone was "likely American," and it fired missiles at a group of suspected Al-Qaeda members, killing them all.

The United States is the only country that operates drones in the region.

Al-Qaeda militants have apparently been trying to position themselves near Yemen's main southern cities to carry out operations against the army and the local militias that fight alongside it.

The strike was the second such drone attack this month.

On October 4, a drone killed five suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen in the southern province of Shabwa.

Based on reporting by AFP and Dawn.com

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