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Drone kills five al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

One official said a US drone had probably carried out the strike

Yemenis gather around burning wreckage of a drone in the country's capital Sanaa, on 1 October (AFP)

A drone strike on Sunday killed five suspected al-Qaeda militants in the Yemeni province of Marib, east of the capital Sanaa, security officials said.

One official said a US drone had probably carried out the strike, which targeted a car in the province's Saoud district.

The United States considers the Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.

AQAP has flourished in the chaos of the country's civil war, which pits the Saudi-backed government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels.

On Thursday, a US drone killed a "commander" of al-Qaeda members in Yemen in a strike in the central province of Baida, security sources said.

Shroum al-Sanaani, a leading figure with AQAP, was travelling on a motorbike along with an unidentified man when the strike killed them both, the sources said.

The attack was carried out in the Yakala area, a stronghold for the militant group where US drones have repeatedly targeted al-Qaeda members in the past few months.

A long-running drone war against AQAP has intensified since US President Donald Trump took office in January.

An air raid he ordered that month killed a US Navy SEAL and several Yemeni civilians in Baida province, just south of Marib.

More than 8,000 people have been killed since a Saudi-led coalition joined the Yemen war on Hadi's side in 2015.

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