U.S. drone crashes in south Yemen

A local official confirmed the aircraft crashed after it struck Shoab Mountain near Beihan

U.S. drone crashes in south Yemen

World Bulletin/News Desk

A drone similar those used by the United States in Yemen crashed in the southern part of the country on Tuesday, witnesses and a local official said.

Witnesses said the aircraft crashed after it hit a mountain near the city of Beihan in the southern Yemeni Shabwa province.

A local official confirmed the aircraft crashed after it struck Shoab Mountain near Beihan and said that Yemeni troops and members of a local militia allied with the government quickly surrounded the area of the crash to keep onlookers away.

The United States regularly uses drones to attack militants in countries such as Yemen without committing troops on the ground.

Washington acknowledges using drones in Yemen but does not comment publicly on the practice.

Three suspected militants were killed last month in the latest attack by a drone in Yemen's eastern Hadramout province.

In a separate incident, a gunman shot and killed the head of security and his bodyguard at oil facilities in Hadramout, a local official said.

Aden al-Ghad, an online newspaper based in the southern port city of Aden, said the security chief, an army officer, was killed by a tribesman in the town of Ghayl bin Yamin. Another bodyguard returned fire and killed the tribesman, it said.

Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 14:50
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