Airstrikes reportedly hit Al Qaida camp in Yemen

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Warplanes struck an Al Qaida camp in southern Yemen on April 3, a local official said.

_74774952_yemenmukalla4640514The official said four air strikes targeted Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) near the port city of Mukalla on Yemen’s south coast. Several jihadists were killed and many more injured in the attack.

Though the official said the planes were from the Saudi-led coalition, the affiliation of the aircraft has not been confirmed. U.S. aircraft have also staged attacks on AQAP fighters in Yemen in recent weeks.

AQAP has exploited the Yemeni war between the Saudi-led coalition and Iran-backed Houthi rebels to expand its control, seizing Mukalla, the capital of Hadramout province, last year and recruiting more followers.

The Houthis have been battling forces loyal to Yemen’s Saudi-backed President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi since March 2015.

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