Suspected U.S. drone kills two Yemeni al Qaeda men

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Posted: May 06, 2012 2:23 PM
Suspected U.S. drone kills two Yemeni al Qaeda men

ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Two Yemeni members of al Qaeda were killed in their car by what appeared to be a U.S. drone in the Wadi Rafad valley in Shabwa province in southern Yemen on Sunday, residents there and a spokesman for the al Qaeda-linked Ansar al-Sharia group said.

The residents named the men who died as Fahd al-Qasaa, who escaped from prison in 2005, and Fahed Salem al-Akdam. The plane that fired the missile had been sighted in the sky, they said.

No one else was killed in the attack and no one else was travelling in the vehicle, the residents said.

Neither Yemen nor the United States confirmed the attack.

(Reporting by Mohammed Mukhashaf; Writing by Andrew Hammond; Editing by Louise Ireland)