DUBAI: Three alleged Al-Qaeda militants were killed in a suspected US drone strike in northeastern Yemen on Monday, local government officials said, reports AFP.
The attack was carried out on a car in Marib province, the scene of heavy fighting in 2021 in Yemen's long-running civil war, the officials said.
"The three were in a car in Wadi Obeida when they were targeted by the suspected US strike that killed them immediately."
A second Marib government official confirmed the strike on Al-Qaeda militants and the death toll. There was no immediate comment from Washington.
The United States considers Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch -- Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) -- among the most dangerous branches of the global jihadist network.
AQAP, and other militants loyal to the Islamic State group, have thrived in the chaos of Yemen's civil war, which pits the Saudi-backed government against Iran-allied Huthi rebels.
AQAP has carried out operations against both the Huthis and government forces as well as sporadic attacks abroad.
Yemen has been wracked by conflict since 2015, when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to back the government after the Huthis seized control of the capital Sanaa.
The conflict has since killed tens of thousands of people and triggered what the United Nations terms the world's worst humanitarian crisis, with millions of people displaced.