Suspected US drone kills 3 Yemen militants, official says

May 17, 2012 11:59

ADEN - A suspected US drone attacked a convoy of Islamist militants in eastern Yemen overnight, killing three people, a local security official said on Thursday, as Washington intensifies its aerial campaign against fighters linked to al-Qaida.

The official said the rocket hit the convoy in the Shibam area of the eastern Hadramout province and there was a series of explosions from a vehicle believed to be laden with explosives.

Residents of the area told Reuters its three passengers were members of a militant cell. The accounts could not be independently verified.

The United States has increasingly used drones against militants after they seized swathes of territory in the south of the country during a year of political upheaval that eventually toppled President Ali Abdullah Saleh.

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