US attack drones have launched five separate strikes throughout the day in southern Yemen, targeting the Shabwa Province and killing at least six “suspects” according to Yemeni officials. The attacks were primarily on houses and buildings suspected of being “hideouts,” and also hit a checkpoint run by a local militant faction.
Yemen had initially claimed credit for one of the attacks, saying it was their own warplanes that hit a suspect vehicle. Ansar al-Sharia, however, said that the attack was actually carried out by drone, and Yemeni officials later confirmed that was the case.
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