'Drone strike kills 6 al Qaeda suspects in Yemen'

An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six al Qaeda suspects in south Yemen, a security official said Thursday.

Aden: An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone has killed six al Qaeda suspects in south Yemen, a security official said Thursday.

The unmanned warplane targeted an Qaeda vehicle in Rodhoum area, in Shabwa province, late Wednesday killing its six passengers, the official said.

The United States is the only country known to operate armed drones over Yemen, home to what it considers to be the jihadist group`s most dangerous affiliate -- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

It has kept up strikes on jihadists during months of fighting between pro-government forces and Iran-backed Huthi rebels who control the capital.

Islamist militants, including AQAP and the Islamic State group, have gained ground in the south, with AQAP fighters seizing the town of Azzan in Shabwa, earlier this week.

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