US drone kills 8 Qaeda terrorists in Yemen
ADEN: US drone strikes killed eight al Qaeda terrorists gathered in a house in southern Yemen, tribal sources said on Thursday, amid reports a Saudi mole had infiltrated the network and supplied information to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
The strikes took place around midnight on Wednesday in the town of Jaar, an al Qaeda stronghold in Abyan province, a source in the town said.
“We heard three explosions rock the town,” the source said, adding that a ‘US drone’ carried out the strikes on a residence where the terrorists had been meeting in the dead of night.
“Eight terrorists were killed and their bodies were left in pieces,” the source told AFP as witnesses said parts of the two-storey building were completely destroyed.
No other houses were affected in what appeared to be surgical strikes based on precise information.
Another tribal source said that among the terrorists killed was one going by the name of ‘Jallad’, who had been in charge of armaments for al Qaeda’s fighters in Yemen.
The latest air strikes came after Yemeni al Qaeda leader Fahd al-Quso, who was wanted in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was killed in an air strike in eastern Yemen on Sunday.
Quso’s name figured on an FBI list of most wanted terrorists, along with a reward of up to $5 million for information leading to his arrest. afp