Three suspected Al-Qaeda militants have been killed in a drone strike in eastern Yemen’s Al-Makla city, a security source confirmed on Tuesday.
“An unmanned drone on Monday night targeted three people believed to be fighters from Al-Qaeda with a missile near the presidential palace in Al-Makla,” the source, requesting anonymity, told Anadolu Agency.
“The intense strike killed the three elements on the spot and their body parts were scattered around the area.”
In late April, a drone allegedly struck a number of Al-Qaeda militants in Al-Makla, the capital city of Hadhramaut province.
However, the militant group – which had seized Al-Makla’s presidential palace recently – did not announce any casualties from the strike.
American drones have been staging attacks against positions of Al-Qaeda in southern Yemen for several years now.
Yemen, meanwhile, has been in turmoil since last September, when the Shiite Houthi group seized capital Sanaa and moved to extend its influence to further provinces.
Since March 25, Saudi Arabia and several other Arab allies started pounding positions of the Shiite Houthi group.
Riyadh says its air campaign comes in response to appeals by Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi for military intervention against the Houthis.