Accessibility links

Yemen Al-Qaeda Leader Reportedly Killed By Drone Strike

Reports from Yemen quote unnamed local security officials as saying that a U.S. drone strike has killed an Al-Qaeda leader in the southern part of the country.

It would be the latest in a series of attacks targeting what the United States considers to be the terrorist network's most dangerous affiliate.

The strike reportedly killed Qaed al-Thahab, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) branch in the southern province of Baitha.

The French news agency AFP quotes a tribal source as saying that the early-morning drone strike targeted Thahab's vehicle just hours after his marriage on on August 30.

The CNN quotes local security sources in Yemen who say five other suspected militants were killed.

Based on reporting by AFP and CNN