An Al-Qaeda commander was killed after a US drone fell on the central province of Baida, Yemen, security sources said on Friday.
Shroum al-Sanaani, a leading figure with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula group, was travelling on a motorbike along with an unidentified man when the strike killed them both, the sources said.
The attack was carried out on the Yakala area, a stronghold for the jihadist group where US drones have repeatedly targeted Al-Qaeda members in the past few months.
An air raid he ordered that month killed a US Navy SEAL and several Yemeni civilians in Baida province, south of Marib. AQAP has taken advantage of a war between the Saudi-backed government and Shiite rebels to expand its presence in several areas of eastern and southern Yemen.
More than 8,000 people have been killed since Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the conflict in 2015.
With PTI inputs