SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed 11 al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen.
Yemeni military officials say the first attack Saturday took place near the border of Marib and Shabwa provinces southeast of the capital, Sanaa, killing six militants, including one Egyptian national. The officials say the second strike hit two cars in Marib, killing five al-Qaida-linked fighters.
Over the past year, parts of Marib, Shabwa and other southern provinces have fallen under the control of al-Qaida militants who have capitalized on the turmoil in Yemen that stems from the popular uprising that toppled longtime leader Ali Abdullah Saleh.
There's no immediate word from the U.S. on whether Washington was behind the latest attacks.
In the past two weeks, suspected U.S. airstrikes have killed at least three senior al-Qaida operatives in southern Yemen.