Two separate attacks by unmanned aerial vehicles have left at least 10 people dead in Yemen and Somalia as US drones continue to claim more cilivian lives in Islamic countries.
According to security sources, five people alleged to be suspected members of the al-Qaeda were killed when a US unmanned aerial vehicle carried out a strike in Yemen’s central province of Ma’rib.
A security official, who was speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Monday that the drone had targeted five Yemenis and “foreigners” in Juba during an attack on a gathering of people “known to belong to al-Qaeda.”
The official declined to elaborate on the nationalities of those killed in the strike.
The Yemen-based al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is perceived as the most active branch of the terrorist group and has been regarded by the Pentagon as the most dangerous offshoot of the global terror network.
Yemen has come under regular US drone strikes, with Washington claiming to be targeting al-Qaeda elements while local sources say civilians have been the main victims.