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US drones killed eight al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters in a strike in Marib province. Two Saudi AQAP fighters were among those killed; one was identified as Ismail bin Jamil.
"Gunmen" bombed an oil pipeline in the village of Rudum in Shabwa province; the pipeline moved more than 8,000 barrels of oil per day. Nine al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula fighters were transferred from Aden to Sana'a to face trial.
"Gunmen" assassinated the deputy chief of police in a shooting from a motorcycle in Damar. Iran's ambassador to Yemen denied the US ambassador's accusation that Iran is supporting insurgent and terrorist groups.
A Yemeni official said that tribesmen sold a Finnish couple and an Austrian man who were kidnapped last month to al Qaeda in Baydah province. Security forces detained two AQAP fighters near Sana'a. Nine AQAP fighters are being tried for last year's suicide attack in Sana'a that killed 86 troops.
Counterterrorism forces raided an al Qaeda hideout in Jader, just north of Sanaa, capturing two al Qaeda operatives. Target lists and a quantity of IEDs, suicide vests, and bombmaking materials were seized. The cell, which used motorbikes, may be linked to the assassinations of 40 officers in Yemen in 2012 by attackers on motorbikes.
Ali Hassan al Ahmadi, Yemen's national security chief, said that "the use of friendly aircraft" to target al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula would continue. Iran's ambassador to Yemen denied that his country was running spy networks in the country.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is preparing to retake areas in Abyan and Lahj provinces. The government claimed that AQAP has been driven out of Al Mahfad district in Abyan. A court sentenced five AQAP fighters to up to 10 years in prison.
Saudi Arabia denied that its Air Force has targeted al Qaeda militants in Yemen. Efforts are reportedly underway to convince former Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to leave the country and go possibly to an Arab Gulf state, in hopes his exit will aid in the political transition process.