SANAA – A suspected US drone strike in Yemen on Wednesday killed five suspected al-Qaeda militants traveling in a vehicle near an extremist-held coastal city, military and security officials said.
The attack happened east of the city of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, the officials said. The al-Qaeda
offshoot has gained ground lately in Yemen, profiting from the civil war now engulfing the country. That fighting pits Iranian-backed Shiite rebels known as Houthis and allied troops loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh against an array of southern separatists, local and tribal militias, Sunni Islamic militants and loyalists of exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.