A U.S. airstrike has killed the media chief for al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch along with six other militants, Yemen’s government and security officials said Saturday, in the second high-profile American missile attack in as many weeks to target the terror group.
Tribal elders say the son of slain, prominent U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was also among the dead.
Saturday’s strike, which follows the killing of al-Awlaki in a similar American missile attack late last month, points to Washington’s growing use of drones to hit al Qaeda militants in Yemen.
The targeted attacks appear to be part of a determined effort to stamp out the threat from the group, known as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which U.S. officials have said is the terror network’s most active and most dangerous branch.
The slain media chief, identified as Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Bana, was killed along with the six other militants in the southeastern province of Shabwa on Friday night, Yemen’s Defense Ministry said in a statement released Saturday.