SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say a U.S. drone airstrike has killed two Al Qaeda militants in a southern town. They said one was a midlevel Al Qaeda Yemeni operative who escaped a U.S. drone attack 10 years ago. The other was said to be a Jordanian.
The officials said Monday's airstrike on Radda in Bayda province also critically injured three militants.
The Yemeni militant, Abdel-Raouf Naseeb, escaped death in the first recorded drone attack in Yemen, on Nov. 3, 2002. That strike killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, suspected of masterminding the October 2000 attack against the USS Cole warship in a Yemen port.
A member of the Naseeb family confirmed his death to The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity fearing government reprisal.
The security officials also requested anonymity according to regulations.
Friday, December 28, 2012
US drone airstrike in Yemen kills 2 al-Qaeda terrorists