21 militants killed in US drone strikes in Yemen

Aden, May 13: At least 21 suspected Al Qaeda militants were killed when US drones fired missiles at two convoys and a hideout in Yemen, Xinhua reported.

One drone fired rockets at a convoy of three pick-up trucks travelling on a desert road in Hareeb area of Shabwa province. Seven militants were killed and all the three vehicles were destroyed.

The Al Qaeda militants were reportedly planning to attend a meeting in the area.

A US warplane attacked an Al Qaeda hideout in al-Aeen area of Shabwa, killing at least six militants.

A security official in Marib province told Xinhua that another US drone hit a second Al Qaeda convoy in Husoon area, killing at least eight militants.

Two vehicles were hit by the second drone in Husoon area, about one hour after the first unmanned aerial vehicle killed seven militants in Shabwa.

IANS