Local officials in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwa reported that an American drone strike killed at least four al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) fighters today. The strike is the second in Yemen this month; the US also targeted AQAP fighters in Shabwa province on Sept. 11.

Today’s air strike, which was launched by remotely piloted Predators or Reapers, targeted an AQAP vehicle traveling along a mountain path in the al-Kardoum area of the Nisab region in eastern Shabwa. The site of the attack is about 570 kilometers southeast of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a, bordering lawless Hadramout province.

Other reports in the Arabic press claimed that 5 AQAP fighters had been killed in the strike. Eyewitnesses told the Arabic-language media that the targeted vehicle was completely destroyed. The Yemeni government has not issued a statement regarding today’s operation. […]