Pentagon says US forces kill seven al-Qaeda militants in Yemen raid

Smoke billows from a fire at a Houthi-controlled military site after it was hit by an Arab coalition air strike in Sanaa, Yemen, June 3, 2015.

:: US forces have carried out a ground raid on an Al-Qaeda compound in Yemen, killing seven militants, the Pentagon said late Monday.

The raid took place in Maarib Governorate in the early hours on Tuesday local time.

“During this operation, US forces killed seven AQAP (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula) militants through a combination of small arms fire and precision airstrikes,” Centcom, the US military command in the Middle East, said in a statement.

A US official told Reuters that initial indications are that no US troops wounded or killed in the Yemen operation and that the primary objective of the raid was to gather intelligence.

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