7 al-Qaeda militants killed in Yemen raid

A ground raid on an al-Qaeda compound in Yemen killed seven militants, AFP reported Monday (May 23rd).

The raid took place in Marib province in the early hours of Tuesday local time and was conducted by US forces with the support of Yemeni authorities, the Pentagon said.

"During this operation, US forces killed seven AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) militants through a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes," US Central Command said in a statement.

Yemeni tribal sources said the operation targeted a residential block held by al-Qaeda fighters in the village of al-Hathla, in a mountainous district in the south-east of Marib province.

The dead were all members of the same al-Aadhal tribe, the sources said.

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