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Yemen officials say suspected US drone attack kills 5 al-Qaida militants near stronghold

  • Shiite rebels known as Houthis holds their weapons during a rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

    Shiite rebels known as Houthis holds their weapons during a rally against Saudi-led airstrikes in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, right, receives Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi via AP )

    In this photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, right, receives Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi via AP )  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, center right, receives Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, center left, at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi via AP )

    In this photo made available by Emirates News Agency, WAM, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, center right, receives Yemen's exiled President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, center left, at the Presidential Airport in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. (Mohamed Al Hammadi/Crown Prince Court - Abu Dhabi via AP )  (The Associated Press)

Military and security officials in Yemen say a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed five suspected al-Qaida militants traveling in a vehicle near the extremist-held coastal city of Mukalla.

The officials said the attack Wednesday happened east of the city. Al-Qaida's Yemen branch, considered by Washington to be the most dangerous offshoot of the terror network, has made gains in the sprawling eastern Hadramawt province, capturing its capital, Mukalla, in April.

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

Al-Qaida has made advances amid the civil war now engulfing Yemen. Washington meanwhile has kept up its drone attacks there targeting al-Qaida militants, including one that killed the group's top leader in Mukalla in June.