4 Militants Linked to Embassy Threat Killed: Senior Official
An American drone strike has killed four suspected al Qaeda militants associated with the latest threat that prompted the closing of U.S. embassies across the Middle East and North Africa, according to a senior U.S. official.
“We got the operational guys we were after,” the official said, referring to the four men killed in Yemen.
The strike is among the latest in an aggressive counter-terrorism campaign waged by American drones, which have killed approximately three dozen people in Yemen just over the last two weeks, another U.S. official told ABC News.
At the start of the month, the State Department announced it was closing more than a dozen embassies in the Middle East and North Africa after U.S. intelligence intercepted communications between al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and the leader of al Qaeda’s Yemen affiliate that indicated a major attack was imminent.
Officials later said they believed the original threat had been narrowed to a possible vehicle-borne bombing attack targeting the U.S. Embassy in the Yemeni capital of Sana’a.