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A US drone strike, killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda operators overnight, in Yemen's north-east province of Marib, China's Xinhua news agency reported, a security official as saying, on Monday.

The drone strike launched late Sunday night, in Wadi Abidah region, central Marib, the country's oil-producing province, which the Saudi-backed Yemeni government forces regained control of from Shiite rebels in the late 2015.

"The US drone strike targeted the six armed al-Qaeda suspects, while they were at a meeting, in a farm in the area," the official told Xinhua, on condition of anonymity.

US drones have been active over skies of Yemeni cities, since years ago, launching hundreds of air strikes that killed scores of al-Qaeda leaders and many other extremists.

Yemen has recently seen a growing number of Al-Qaeda activities in eastern and southern provinces, due to the prolonged security vacuum, resulting from the 18-month civil war between the exiled government and Houthi rebels, who seized much of the country's north, including the capital, Sanaa, since 2014.


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