SANAA - A US drone killed three suspected al-Qaida militants in east Yemen, a local official said, the third strike within 24 hours as Washington intensifies efforts to eradicate al-Qaida's Yemeni branch after recent warnings of possible attacks.
The three men were travelling in a vehicle in the province of Hadramout in an area called Ghail Bawazeer, 45 km (28 miles) from the provincial capital Mukalla, when they were targeted by the drone on Thursday night, the official told Reuters.
Residents reported hearing a large explosion and later saw the car destroyed.
On Thursday, 14 militants died in two drone strikes in the central Yemeni province of Maarib. At least 28 al-Qaida suspects have been killed by drones in the past two weeks, a marked increase in the frequency of such strikes.