Update: Government confirmation- see last paragraph
Three suspected al-Qaeda members were killed midnight when drone strikes targeted their cars in two different locations east Yemen, said a security official.
The US drone launched three strikes at two cars carrying the suspects in Marib province, 173 to the east of the capital Sana’a. One car was hit in the center of Wadi Abeeda, and the other car was hit in an area called Al-Sandah, the security official said, requesting anonymity.
Local media had reported the drone strikes but gave no further details.
The main target of the strikes, he said, was a leading al-Qaeda figure called Qayed Salim al-Marwani, who was not in both cars destroyed but his three sons were.
The official identified the three people killed as Abdullah, al-Hasan, and al-Hussain, all sons of al-Marwani.
Information of the identities of those killed could not be immediately verified from another source.
Today, news website of Yemen’s Interior Ministry said that yesterday’s “air strike” in Marib killed three brothers, “all terrorists of al-Qaeda group”. It identified the names as Abdullah, al-Hasan, and al-Hussain, “all sons of al-Marwani”.