Drone strike kills six Al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen

People gather outside the camp of the 19th Infantry Brigade after it was seized by al-Qaeda fighters on February 12, 2015 in Baihan, in Yemen's southern Shabwa province. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned that Yemen was falling apart and called for action to avert chaos, as Al-Qaeda fighters overran an army camp and seized heavy weaponry. AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP / -

Aden: A drone strike killed six suspected Al-Qaeda militants on Sunday in central Yemen, a security official said.

The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.

The official said the strike happened after sundown and targeted a vehicle in Bayda province.

“An unmanned drone — likely American — bombed the group’s vehicle in the area of Qayfa, where Al-Qaeda is active,” the official told a news agency on condition of anonymity.

Al-Qaeda’s global network remains “remarkably resilient,” posing more of a threat in some regions than the Islamic State group, UN sanctions monitors said in a report seen by AFP on Wednesday.

The report sent to the Security Council said that the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) served as a communications hub for the UN-designated terror group as a whole.

A long-running American drone war against AQAP has intensified since US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017.

The extremist group has flourished in the chaos of Yemen’s civil war, which the UN has called the world’s biggest humanitarian disaster.