TEN suspected Al Qaeda jihadists and two soldiers fighting for Yemen's government have been killed in clashes and a drone strike, local officials and security sources said on Sunday.
The US military is the only force known to operate armed drones over Yemen.
Officials in Marab loyal to Yemen's internationally recognised government said a drone on Sunday targeted a house used by Al-Qaeda in the central province, killing four jihadists.
Separately, six Al-Qaeda members and two pro-government soldiers were killed in clashes on Friday following an attack on a jihadist site in southern Shabwa province, security sources said.
The United States considers the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to be the radical group's most dangerous branch.