ADEN, Yemen- Four militants of the Yemen-based al-Qaeda branch were killed, when a U.S. drone strike hit their hideout, in the central province of al-Bayda on Wednesday, a security official, said.

"A number of missiles, fired by an American aircraft, hit an al-Qaeda-held area, in the central province of al-Bayda, leaving four militants killed at the scene," the local security official said, on condition of anonymity.

"The targeted site was used as a training centre for the terrorist group members," the source added.

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

Yemen's government, allied with a Saudi-led Arab military coalition, has for years been battling Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, for control of the impoverished country.


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