THE LEVANT – Al-Qaeda militants have executed three men they accuse of planting electronic chips in the network’s vehicles to help US drones target them, a security official said Monday.
Scores of Al-Qaeda suspects, including some of the network’s leaders, have been killed in drone strikes in Yemen. .
“Al-Qaeda militants executed the three men with gunfire after having tortured them,” the security official told AFP.
The official said residents of south-eastern Hadramawt province found two bodies near the town of Shibam, while a third body was found in neighbouring Qoton.
He did not specify if the three were soldiers or civilians, but residents said that troops came and took away the bodies from the two locations.
Tracts left alongside the bodies said “the mujahedeen (Islamic fighters) captured a group of spies who sold themselves to the devil in return for a few riyals.”
They had “become the eyes of the infidels … (who) use their aircraft from the sky”, it said.
“We say to … whoever considers becoming an eye and guide for the Americans and other infidels that the hands of the mujahedeen will reach every spy,” the tracts warned.