News ID: 56827
Published: 0823 GMT December 06, 2014

Nine killed in US drone strike in Yemen

Nine killed in US drone strike in Yemen

At least nine people have been killed in yet another US drone strike in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwa.

Local officials said on Saturday that the victims were al-Qaeda militants. Press TV re[prted.

"Several drone strikes have targeted al-Qaeda positions in Nusab [in Shabwa province], killing nine members of the network," a Yemeni security source said.

Last month, a similar airstrike killed at least six militants in the same province.

The Saturday drone strike came two days after Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatened that it will execute a US journalist Luke Somers who was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sana’a. Some sources say he has been released.

The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.

The United Nations and several human rights organizations have identified the US as the world’s number-one user of “targeted killings,” largely due to its drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

   
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