SANAA, April 19 (Xinhua) -- Two U.S. drone airstrikes have killed at least seven suspected al-Qaida operatives in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, a security official said Wednesday.
"Two al-Qaida leaders, Saleh al-Awlaki and Saeed Ba-Kadir, were targeted and killed along with five others in two separated U.S. drone strikes in late night of Tuesday," the official told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
The strikes were on two cars in different locations. The first car was hit on a road in Atran area, east of Marib's central city, while the other was hit at the same time at a junction linking the areas of Al-Shabwan and Hoson Al-Jalal, also in eastern Marib, said the official. Marib has long been a hub of al-Qaida activities.
The attacks were the latest in a series of airstrikes carried out by U.S. drones against al-Qaida suspects in Yemen.
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