Five suspected al-Qaeda militants were reportedly killed in a USA drone attack in eastern Yemen on Sunday, according to a local official.
"A suicide bomber, who was driving an explosives-laden vehicle, attacked the motorcade of Abdul-Rahman Shnini, the Special Security Forces commander in Abyan Province, killing five of his guards", the local military official said on condition of anonymity.
There was no immediate statement from the militant group or from United States forces who have repeatedly launched drone and air strikes against Yemen's Al Qaeda affiliate, known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
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Al-Qaeda has flourished in Yemen exploiting the country's civil conflict between the government of President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and the Iran-backed Shiite Huthi militants.
Last month, Yemeni government forces and the UAE armed forces operating in the southern province of Aden launched a new anti-terror offensive "to root out al-Qaeda militants from their strongholds in neighboring southern province of Abyan".
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