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Yemen officials: US drone kills 7 Al Qaeda members

SANAA, Yemen-- Yemeni military officials say an unmanned U.S. drone targeted a vehicle carrying seven Al Qaeda members south of the capital of Sanaa, killing all of them.

Two officials say the drone fired a missile at the vehicle on Saturday in the town of al-Zahar south of Sanaa. It was heading to the southern province of Abyan where Al Qaeda militants and government forces are fighting. Witnesses said the vehicle turned into a charred skeleton along with its passengers.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry says a jet targeted Al Qaeda leaders but didn't elaborate.

U.S. officials had no immediate comment, but Washington has carried out deadly airstrikes in Yemen in the past.