SANAA, Yemen – A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America’s ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network’s most dangerous local group.
A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by.
A security official investigating the strike said one of the civilian survivors said the strike hit an SUV, tossing it 20 yards, and that they fled the flying debris and took shelter while explosions continued for another 30 minutes.
Then, the survivor said, another drone fired near their car, killing one of his companions and wounding him.
13 bodies retrieved, ferry death toll to 46
Divers recovered 13 bodies from inside a ferry that sank off South Korea, pushing the confirmed death toll to 46, officials said Sunday. The discovery came after rescuers finally gained access to the inside of the ship following three days of failure and frustration caused by strong currents and bad visibility from inclement weather.
More than 300 people are missing or dead, and the captain of the ferry has been arrested on suspicion of negligence and abandoning people in need. Two crew members also were taken into custody, including a rookie third mate who a prosecutor said was steering in challenging waters unfamiliar to her when the accident occurred.
4 French journalists freed, flee to Turkey
Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country’s chaotic civil war.
Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres – all said to be in good health – were freed over the weekend in unclear circumstances.
We are very happy to be free and it’s very nice to see the sky, to be able to walk, to be able to speak freely, said Francois, a noted war correspondent for Europe 1 radio, in footage recorded by the private Turkish news agency DHA.
Body confirmed as missing 5-year-old’s
The body of a small boy apparently cast off the side of a highway has been confirmed as that of a missing 5-year-old, authorities said Saturday.
The body found Friday off Interstate 190 has been positively identified as Jeremiah Oliver, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said. No charges were immediately announced related to Jeremiah’s death.
He was last seen by relatives in September but wasn’t reported missing until December.