12 Al-Qaeda members killed in drone attacks in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AFP) - At least 12 Al-Qaeda members were killed in drone attacks in one day in Yemen as the United States stepped up strikes against suspected militants behind a global security alert.
Washington on Thursday also evacuated all non-emergency staff from its consulate in the Pakistani city of Lahore, citing "specific threats".
The Wall Street Journal cited an anonymous US official as saying the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Nasser al-Wuhayshi, masterminded the plot that sparked the global alert.
Previous reports said that Wuhayshi was ordered on the offensive by Al-Qaeda's overall leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.