SANAA, March 23 (Xinhua) -- At least five al-Qaida suspects were killed in an overnight U.S. drone strike on a house in Yemen's central province of Marib, a provincial security official told Xinhua on Friday.
The U.S. strike hit the house in a farm in Wadi Abida valley, killing the five suspected militants, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Much of Marib territory is under control of the Yemeni internationally-recognized government backed by the Saudi-led coalition forces.
This is the latest in a series of U.S. drone strikes targeting al-Qaida suspects in Yemen since U.S. President Donald Trump approved expanded military operations against the group.
On Tuesday, a U.S. drone strike killed four members of the the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch in the southwestern province of Hadramout, according to local security officials.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida network, mostly operating in eastern and southern provinces, has been responsible for many high-profile attacks against security forces in the country.
The Yemen-based al-Qaida, seen by the United States as the global terror network's most dangerous branch, has exploited years of deadly conflicts between the Yemeni government and Houthi rebels to expand its presence.