Yemeni security officials say a suspected U.S. drone has struck a car traveling in eastern Yemen, killing three suspected al-Qaida fighters.

They said the car targeted in the Friday attack was traveling in the province of Marib.

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

This was the third U.S. drone strike in a week.

U.S. drone strikes have killed dozens of al-Qaida militants in Yemen as part of Washington's global campaign against the organization.

Al-Qaida and the Islamic State group have taken advantage of the chaos and lawlessness brought about by Yemen's ongoing civil war to expand their reach.

The war pits the internationally recognized government and a Saudi-led coalition against Shiite rebels and forces loyal to a former president.