Yemen: US drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida suspects

A Yemeni soldier looks at damaged vehicles at the scene where a suicide car bomber and heavily armed gunmen, killed scores and wounded more than a hundred in a fierce battle in the heart of Yemen's capital of Sanaa last Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at the Defense Ministry complex in Sanaa, Yemen, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. Among the dead at the Defense Ministry complex, which also houses a military hospital, were soldiers and civilians, including seven foreigners — two Germans, two Vietnamese, two Filipinos and one Indian, according to the Supreme Security Commission. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A Yemeni security official says a U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen has killed three al-Qaida suspects.

The official says Monday's strike hit the suspects' moving vehicle in Hadramawt province and set it on fire.

The official says the bodies were found charred inside the vehicle and the suspects' identification wasn't possible. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak to media.

It was the first drone strike since the brazen al-Qaida attack on Thursday on the Defense Ministry compound in the Yemeni capital, Sanaa, which killed 56 people.

Yemen's al-Qaida branch had claimed responsibility for last week's attack, saying the ministry complex housed "drone control rooms and American experts."

The U.S. considers Yemen's al-Qaida branch to be among the most active in the world.