Yemen: Airstrike kills 5 al-Qaida militants

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Yemeni security officials say an airstrike has killed five al-Qaida militants in the country's south.

They say the early Thursday attack completely leveled a house in which the five were staying on the western outskirts of the town of Jaar in Abyan province. Jaar, along with Abyan's provincial capital of Zinjibar, has been held by al-Qaida militants for a year.

The United States has been using drones to strike al-Qaida in Yemen but there was no immediate word from Washington on whether it was behind the latest attack.

The officials did not specify whether the attacking aircraft were piloted planes or drones.

The U.S. and Yemen are resuming cooperation in the fight against al-Qaida, which has taken advantage of the political turmoil in the country to capture territory.

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