Dawn attack on the Security Belt separatist force near Lawdar city blamed on suspected Al Qaeda gunmen.
The US "conducted a counterterrorism operation in Yemen that successfully eliminated Qasim al Rimi, a founder and the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)," Trump said in a White House statement.
Separate attacks by Houthi rebels and militants on Thursday hit security forces in Yemen's city Aden, killing at least 49 people, many of them newly trained police cadets, officials said.
The bombing took place in the Redhoom district of Shabwa province near a security checkpoint in an area where security officials say Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is active.
Yemeni government forces retake Al Qaeda-held military camp in Hadramawt province with help of Arab coalition
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) suffers heavy losses as Yemeni government forces push them out of strategic city of Houta
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