US strike kills dozens of al-Qa'ida militants
Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30
Dozens of al-Qa'ida fighters have been killed in a US airstrike in Yemen, the second time in a month that targeted American air raids have led to massive casualties.
US aircraft struck a training camp belonging to al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemen affiliate of the terror group which has been behind multiple terror plots.
Explosives rained down as the al-Qa'ida recruits were gathering to eat, a local man said: "The planes struck as al-Qa'ida people stood in line to receive their dinner meal."
At least 70 people were reported to have died in the attack, which caused large fires inside the camp, according to the Pentagon. It was not clear if civilians were killed alongside the al-Qa'ida members.
"This strike deals a blow to AQAP's ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten US persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qa'ida," a Pentagon spokesman said.
The strike came two weeks after the US killed around 150 al-Shabaab fighters gathered at a meeting in Somalia.
Both strikes are believed to have included drones and manned aircraft and the scale was far larger than most strikes under Presidents Barack Obama or George W Bush.