17 killed in US drone attack on Yemen wedding party
SANAA - A drone strike on a wedding convoy in Yemen killed 17 people, most of them civilians, medical and security sources said on Friday.
"Some" of the dead in Thursday's strike near the central town of Radaa were suspected members of Al-Qaeda, but the rest were all civilians with no connection to the jihadist network, a security official said.
Witnesses and a tribal source said the attack was carried out by a US drone and targeted Qaifa, near the town of Radaa.
The US military operates all unmanned drones flying over Yemen in support of Sanaa's campaign against Al-Qaeda and has killed dozens of militants this year.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains active despite Yemeni military operations and the drone strikes targeting its leaders.
Yemen is the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden and the home base of AQAP, which the United States views as the global jihadist network's most dangerous franchise.