US drone kills 4 Qaeda suspects in Yemen: Tribal source

A US drone strike killed four suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen early on Tuesday, a tribal source said, amid heightened security across the Middle East against a possible major attack by the jihadist network.

Updated: Aug 06, 2013, 16:54 PM IST

Sanaa: A US drone strike killed four suspected al Qaeda militants in Yemen early on Tuesday, a tribal source said, amid heightened security across the Middle East against a possible major attack by the jihadist network.

Among those killed was one of 25 al Qaeda operatives listed late yesterday by the Yemeni authorities as among those plotting attacks to coincide with the ending of the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan later this week, the source told a news agency.

The raid in Yemen`s eastern Marib province targeted their vehicle "and turned it into a ball of fire, immediately killing the four militants," the source said, adding that all those killed were Yemenis.
Yemen`s official Saba news agency confirmed "the death of four al Qaeda militants in Wadi Abida in Marib."

The tribal source named two of the dead as Saleh al-Tays al-Waeli and Saleh Ali Guti.

Waeli figures on a government list of 25 al Qaeda suspects wanted in connection with an alleged plot to launch a major attack before Ramadan ends and the Eid al-Fitr feast begins, either Thursday of Friday.

Yemen`s official Saba news agency confirmed "the death of four al Qaeda militants in Wadi Abida in Marib."

The tribal source named two of the dead as Saleh al-Tays al-Waeli and Saleh Ali Guti.

Waeli figures on a government list of 25 al Qaeda suspects wanted in connection with an alleged plot to launch a major attack before Ramadan ends and the Eid al-Fitr feast begins, either Thursday of Friday.

About two dozen US diplomatic posts have been shuttered across the Middle East since Sunday after Washington said electronic intercepts of high-ranking al Qaeda operatives signalled a major attack was imminent.

AFP