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US terror drones kill 11 in southern Yemen
Yemeni fighters of an anti-al-Qaeda local committee stand atop an army tank near the southern town of Loder in Abyan province on May 6, 2012.
Yemeni fighters of an anti-al-Qaeda local committee stand atop an army tank near the southern town of Loder in Abyan province on May 6, 2012.
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At least 11 people have been killed in two US assassination drone attacks in southern Yemen, Yemeni military officials say.


The first attack occurred near the border of Ma’rib and Shabwa provinces, southeast of the capital Sana'a, on Saturday, AP reported.

In the second attack, the US unmanned aircraft fired missiles at two vehicles traveling in Ma’rib.

Yemeni officials said all the people killed were members of the al-Qaeda terrorist group operating in Yemen.

The United States has come under fire for increasing its drone attacks in the Arab country.

And Human rights groups have urged Washington to come clean about one of the deadliest drone attacks, which happened in 2009.

The strike in the remote village of al-Majalah in the province of Abyan took the lives of over 40 people, many of them women and children.

Yemeni dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh formally stepped down and handed power over to Vice President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi on February 27. The power transfer occurred under a Saudi-backed deal brokered by the (Persian) Gulf Cooperation Council in April 2011 and signed by Saleh in Riyadh on November 23, 2011.

The new Yemeni president, who is a UK-trained field marshal, was sworn in on February 25 following a single-candidate presidential election on February 21, which was supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Yemenis have held numerous demonstrations across the nation to call for political restructuring of the country and to demand the dismissal of members of Saleh’s regime from their government posts.

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