US DoD confirms airstrikes in Yemen

23 March 2016 (Last Updated March 23rd, 2016 18:30)

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed that the US Air Force (USAF) has conducted an airstrike against the terrorist outfit al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen.

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has confirmed that the US Air Force (USAF) has conducted an airstrike against the terrorist outfit al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen.

Believed to have been targeted at a 'training camp' with more than 70 AQAP terrorists, the two strikes have collectively killed roughly 200 people, reported the Guardian.

The US DoD said in statement posted on its website: "We continue to assess the results of the operation, but our initial assessment is that dozens of AQAP fighters have been removed from the battlefield.

"This strike deals a blow to AQAP's ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks."

"This strike deals a blow to AQAP's ability to use Yemen as a base for attacks that threaten US persons, and it demonstrates our commitment to defeating al-Qa'ida and denying it safe haven."

However, Yemeni security officials were quoted by the Associated Press as saying that the airstrike hit a former military base that had been taken over by al-Qa'ida militants in the southwest part of the county.

A US-supported, Saudi Arabia-led coalition had previously conducted airstrikes in the south-eastern province of Yemen.

The strikes killed and injured an undisclosed number of people at a base located in Hajr, reported DW.com.