At least eight killed, including five suspected al-Qaeda fighters, in strike near town of Radaa, in southern Yemen. …
Five people suspected of having links to al-Qaeda and three civilians have been killed by a US drone strike in central Yemen, officials and local tribal leaders say.
The strike took place in the city of Radaa on Sunday, on a vehicle that was believed to be carrying armed fighters, they said.
“Five were killed and eight injured and we are still investigating who these men are and in what way they were linked to al Qaeda,” one official said.
Three women were also killed in the strike, a local tribal chief told the AFP news agency. He said that the strike had targeted Abdulraouf al-Dahab, a local al-Qaeda leader, but that it failed to kill him.
The attack took place at around 4:00pm local time (13:00 GMT) on the road between the village of Hama and Dahab’s village Manasseh, he said.
Other local and security sources confirmed the attack and the toll.
The United States is the only country that has drones in the region and in recent months has been carrying out strikes on alleged al-Qaeda targets in the south and east of the country and in the Arabian peninsula. …
SEPTEMBER 2, 2012