BANGUI, Central African Republic (AP) — French troops rumbled into Central African Republic on Friday, trying to quell violence in the capital a day after armed Christian fighters raided Muslim neighborhoods, leaving nearly 100 people dead.
Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility Friday for a brazen attack on a Yemeni defence complex that killed 52 people, saying it targeted the site as it hosted US personnel behind drone strikes against its militants. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by Washington as the jihadist network's most dangerous affiliate, has been hit by intensified US drone strikes targeting its militants in Yemen this year. The complex was "stormed... after the mujahedeen (holy warriors) proved that it accommodates drone control rooms and American experts," AQAP said in a statement published by its media arm on Twitter. Washington condemned the attack which cames as Defence Minister Mohammed Nasser headed a military delegation on a visit to the United States.