ADEN, Yemen, Four suspected members of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch were killed, in a U.S. drone raid, in Yemen's eastern Marib province on Tuesday.

An American drone launched a raid and targeted a four-wheel-drive vehicle, as it was passing through a sub-route in Wadi Ubaida district of Marib province, a government official said.

The source said that the raid killed four elements suspected of belonging to the al-Qaeda group and completely destroyed their vehicle at the scene.

Local media reports said, four charred bodies were found in a vehicle in Wadi Ubaida district, Marib province, after hearing a huge explosion caused by an air strike.

The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), which carries out sporadic attacks against Yemeni government forces, in different areas of the country's southern and eastern regions, revealed no statement to confirm or deny the U.S. air strike.

The AQAP network, mostly operating in the eastern and southern provinces, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in Yemen.

The U.S. military has carried out several air strikes against AQAP fighters in different provinces of the war-torn Arab country, since U.S. President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group.

The AQAP, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflict between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels, to expand its presence, especially in the south-eastern provinces.

Source: NAM News Network

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