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Four suspected al Qaeda members were killed in a drone strike on a building in southern Yemen on Thursday, residents and local officials said.

Al-Qaida issued a statement claiming that local fighters foiled a us ground raid in the southern province of Abyan.

Computers and cellphones seized during that raid offered clues about attacks al-Qaida could carry out in the future, including insights into new types of hidden explosives the group is making and new training tactics for militants, USA officials said.

Yemeni security officials told The Associated Press that USA jets and drones targeted at least six districts where the provinces of Bayda, Shabwa and Abyan meet.

The fact that officials said they are actively pursuing leads uncovered from the raid indicates that the intelligence was indeed actionable despite some media reports to the contrary.

Residents said they believed US drones were used in Thursday's strike.

But the militant group has exploited a power vacuum created by two years of war between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and rebels who control the capital to consolidate its presence, particularly in the south and east. They said U.S. airstrikes targeted al-Qaida artillery and other sites, and that no U.S. Navy ships participated in the mission.

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The U.S. military has said that 14 AQAP fighters were killed in the raid.

The attack was launched just days after President Donald Trump's inauguration.

Some of these people are believed to be in the West, but not in the United States. Multiple senior United States officials told CNN the intelligence recovered is vital and is in fact being acted upon.

A number of militants and also civilians, including children, were killed.

The officials told The Associated Press that US jets and drones have targeted the district of al-Sawmaa in the province of Bayda during the early hours in the morning.

But it is still unclear how much the information advances the military's knowledge of the plans and future operations of al-Qaida's branch in Yemen, and some intelligence and congressional officials have questioned how significant the information analyzed so far really is.

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