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US drone kills nine in Southern Yemen

US drone kills nine in Southern Yemen

Airstrikes carried out by US drone, killed nine people in Southern Yemen on Friday, including Ibriham al-Banna, the media chief for al-Qaeda and Abduhl Rahman al-Awlaqi, the son of Anwar al-Awlaqi.

This attack on the Yemeni province Shabwah was one of five American drone attacks conducted over night on the Shabwa and Abyan provinces.

The first strike targeted a house in the Azan district of Shabwa, and hit just after al-Qaeda fighters had a meeting in the building, Yemeni security officials and tribal elders said.

They said a second strike then targeted two sports utility vehicles in which al-Banna and 7 other al-Qaeda militants were hit.

Al-Bana was one of the “most dangerous al-Qaeda militants.” He was wanted internationally for planning attacks both inside and outside Yemen, Yemeni security officials said.

Abduhl Rahman al-Awlaqi was also killed in this attack. He was the son of al-Qaeda member Anwar al-Awlaqi, who was killed in a US drone attack two weeks earlier.

“Everyone with interests in Yemen, including al-Qaeda and the Americans, is raising the stakes at this time of uncertainty” said analyst Abdul-Bari Taher. “The Americans are wasting no time to try and eliminate the al-Qaeda threat before the militants dig in deeper and cannot be easily dislodged.”