The drone destroyed two vehicles in the town of Nasab and killed seven members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

"The shell left the cars and the militants inside in pieces," one said. Wednesday's raid is the fifth of its kind since July 28 and brings to 24 the number of suspects killed since then.

Washington has closed 19 embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa, citing intercepted communications among militants, reportedly including an attack order from Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

AQAP is seen as the global Islamist militant network's most capable franchise following the decimation of Al-Qaeda's core leadership in Afghanistan and Pakistan in recent years. United States has launched scores of drone strikes in Yemen, where the militant group thrives in vast, lawless areas largely outside the government's control.

Yemen has listed the names of 25 Al-Qaeda suspects wanted in connection with an alleged plot to launch a major attack before Ramadan ends and the Eid al-Fitr feast begins on Thursday.


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