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Officials: 13 killed in US drone strike in Yemen

2:03 PM, Dec 12, 2013   |    comments
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SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Yemeni officials say a U.S. drone strike has hit a convoy heading to wedding party, killing at least 13 people.

The officials say Thursday's attack took place in the Yemeni city of Radda, the capital of Bayda province. The city is known as a stronghold of al-Qaida militants.

They said the convoy was heading to a wedding in the village of Qaifa when it was hit by the drone, and that the strike left charred bodies in the road and vehicles on fire.

One official said that al-Qaida militants are suspected to have been traveling with the wedding convoy.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

The U.S. considers Yemen's al-Qaida branch to be among the most active in the world.

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