Yemen says U.S. strikes kill 64 insurgents

March 12, 2012 at 8:09 AM

SANAA, Yemen, March 12 (UPI) -- U.S. drone strikes on hideouts and arms reserves killed at least 64 suspected al-Qaida militants over three days, Yemeni officials said.

"The United States did not inform us on the attacks. We only knew about this after the U.S. attacked," a member of Yemen's military committee told CNN.

Officials at U.S. Central Command and the Pentagon contacted Sunday declined to provide information about the attacks Yemeni officials said were carried out by unmanned U.S. aircraft, CNN reported Monday.

The U.S. government typically doesn't comment on drone operations.

The latest strike occurred Sunday in Abyan province in southern Yemen, two senior Yemeni security officials said.

The strike was the third on suspected al-Qaida targets in less than three days, the officials said. The United States was also involved in attacks Friday and Saturday, Yemeni defense ministry officials said.

Yemeni rights organizations condemned the airstrikes, calling them illegal.

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