World Bulletin / News Desk
The airstrike targeted a car carrying Al-Abi, a senior al-Qaeda leader, in the central Al-Bayda’ province, killing him on the spot, the source said, requesting anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to media.
There was no comment from the militant group on the report.
Al-Qaeda militants have exploited the ongoing conflict between the central government and Houthi rebels to bolster their influence in the country’s south.
The United States, which regards al-Qaeda branch in Yemen as a persistent threat to the region and its own interests, has used drones to hunt down al-Qaeda leaders Yemen, which fell into civil war since 2014.