Four al-Qaeda suspects were killed in a drone strike on Thursday, a security official told AFP. It was the third drone strike to hit Yemen in the past five days.
The strike comes as Yemeni president Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi prepares to meet with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, with drone policy reportedly high on the agenda for discussion.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is considered by the United States to be al-Qaeda’s most threatening division, reported AFP. It comprises radical Islamists from Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Yemen’s southeastern province of Hadramawt was the site of the strike, where, according to a Yemeni security official, AQAP attacks on Yemeni forces have been frequent, reported AFP.
Three other suspected militants were killed on Tuesday and six on Saturday, in the southern province of Shawba and the Mahfad mountains, respectively, according to AFP.