Suspected US airstrike kills 12 militants, Yemen says

Yemeni military officials say a suspected U.S. airstrike has killed at least 12 Al Qaeda militants traveling in a military vehicle in the country's embattled south.

The officials say the vehicle, which was stolen from an army post in recent days, was parked when it was hit Wednesday south of the town of Lawder in Abyan province.

Residents said the vehicle took a direct hit, leaving it totally destroyed with bodies strewn nearby. They and the officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

The area has seen heavy fighting between government forces and militants in the past three days

U.S. officials could not immediately be reached for comment. U.S. drones have targeted Al Qaeda leaders in Yemen in the past.