A US drone strike hit at least 12 people a local official said they were al-Qaeda members including ‘two operatives’ in a southeast province of Yemen this evening.
The local official in al-Baitha’a province said that a US drone hit a place harboring some 12 al-Qaeda members in Iyal Ammer, a militant hotbed area bordering Marib province. The official who works in al-Baitha’a security, said that two al-Qaeda members have already been identified as : Nayef Ali Al-Ahraq, 37, and Muhammed Ali Al-Amiri, 30. Both members are from Al-Baitha’a province and they have been brought to a local hospital, said the official who preferred not to be named.
He said that it’s not clear yet how many were killed but that all 12 were either killed or injured.
local news websites said that the drone strike hit a wedding convoy and not al-Qaeda. Barakish net, a local website, quoted local sources as saying that the drone hit a car among a wedding convoy, killing 10 people and injuring few others. Some of the 10 killed people are believed to be al-Qaeda members but that others aren’t, said the website. However, the security official said that all of them were “[al-Qaeda] fighters”. Both accounts couldn’t be verified immediately.