The US accidentally killed a civilian in the second drone strike that targeted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in the eastern Yemeni province of Hadramout so far this year.
The remotely piloted Predators or the more deadly Reapers killed a farmer in the village of Houta near Shibam, according to Reuters. “Witnesses said the farmer was killed by shrapnel from two rockets fired by the drone early in the morning as he walked home in the village,” the wire service reported.
The identity of the AQAP operative or operatives targeted in today’s strike was not disclosed. AQAP is known to operate openly in Hadramout province.