Yemen: Suspected militants killed in drone strike


A man holds a banner during a protest against US drone attacks in Yemen in the capital Sanaa, on Jan. 28, 2013.



A drone strike killed two suspected Al Qaeda militants Monday in the Radda area in al-Bayda province, south of the capital Sanna, according to unidentified Yemeni sources.

The attack targeted "two members of Al Qaeda as they left a farm on a motorbike," Yemen's defense ministry said on its website, identifying the two men as Abd Rabbo Mokbal Mohammed Jarallah al-Zouba and Abbad Mossad Abbad Khobzi, Agence France-Presse reported

The deadly attack follows a drone strike on Saturday that killed at least four militants in the Abyan governorate, southern Yemen, home to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

The men reportedly belonged to the Yemen-based group that Washington once called Al Qaeda's most dangerous branch. Since the 2011 Arab Spring, AQAP has seized control of the country's southern provinces.

The Yemeni sources, speaking to Reuters, did not say who was responsible for the attack, but the United States has previously conducted drone strikes in the region. However, Washington does not often comment on drone strikes.  

In January, six suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed