Apparent US drone strike near gas station kills three Al-Qaeda operatives in Ma’rib

Apparent US drone strike near gas station kills three Al-Qaeda operatives in Ma’rib

A US drone strike has targeted a car carrying three operatives of Al-Qaeda near a gas station in Ma’rib city on Monday, Akhbar Al-Aan reported.

According to the report, the targeted car was in a queue of cars to fill gasoline at Al-Hayra station in Al-Samada area of Wadi Obeida.

Commenting on the recent US drone strike in Yemen, American journalist J.P. Lawrence said that “the US Central Command stated that there are no operational reports at this time about this incident in Yemen.”

On the other hand, investigative journalist Nick Waters tweeted that there were “very clear indications of a R9X strike in Yemen, the signature weapon used to kill high value targets by the US.”

Moreover, the Researcher Wesley Morgan said: “It looks like it’s not the Department of Defense. But the operation was likely carried out by the Special Operations Unit (JSOC) or the CIA.”

According to Yemen News Portal, Hassan al-Hadhrami, an official responsible for the manufacturing of explosive devices for al-Qaeda, was killed in the strike.

The raid also killed al-Hadrami’s brother, Musa Hadboul, the website said.

Hassan al-Hadrami survived a similar airstrike last month that targeted a house where he lived in the city of Ma’rib.