Eight Yemeni al-Qaida members said killed in U.S. drone strike

June 1, 2013 at 1:54 PM

SANAA, Yemen, June 1 (UPI) -- At least eight suspected members of an al-Qaida branch in Yemen were killed Saturday in a U.S. drone strike, a Yemeni government official said.

Three other suspected terrorists were injured when the drone fired three missiles at an al-Qaida convoy in Abyan province, China's official Xinhua news agency reported, citing a local government official who requested anonymity.

Two pickup trucks in the convoy were destroyed, the official said.

The identities of those killed were not yet known, said a second official who confirmed the attack.

Hundreds of militants have been killed in drone strikes since Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi took office in February 2012.

A U.S. drone strike hit a civilian home in January, killing two children.

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