U.S. UAV strikes kill five in Yemen

May 29, 2012 at 3:37 PM

SANAA, Yemen, May 29 (UPI) -- Yemen has emerged as leading battleground for the deployment of U.S. unmanned aerial vehicles.

The ongoing U.S. aerial drone efforts in Yemen have killed five suspected militants.

Yemeni officials reported a UAV attack was targeted against Qaid al-Dahab, a local al-Qaida official, who was reportedly traveling in a three-car convoy near Radda, 100 miles south of Sanaa.

Besides the five deaths, four militants were reportedly wounded in the attack.

Yemeni government officials said it was unclear whether Dahab was among those killed, the First Post reported Tuesday.

Dahab's sister was the wife of Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical militant cleric who espoused al-Qaida doctrine and was killed by a U.S. drone strike Sept. 30. That attack was personally authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Washington declined to comment on the strike that targeted Dahab, The First Post reported.

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