At least 10 suspected al-Qaeda combatants and three civilians died Saturday in a U.S. drone attack on south Yemen, the nation's Supreme Security Commission said.
The bombing hit an SUV carrying 11 extremists, one of whom was wounded but survived, in a mountainous area of al-Bayda province, 270 kilometers (168 miles) southeast of Sanaa.
The note added that three civilians driving close to the targeted SUV were also killed, while another five suffered injuries from the shrapnel blasted out by the bombing.
According to the Supreme Security Commission, the alleged terrorists were planning to attack "vital" civilian and military installations in al-Bayda province.
Controversial U.S. attacks with drones, or unmanned aircraft, are frequent in Yemen, since Washington considers this country a front in its war on al-Qaeda.
United States authorities say the al-Qaeda organization on the Arabian Peninsula, based in Yemen, is one of the most active and dangerous arms of that terrorist network.
The bombings are still being carried out despite the Yemeni Parliament's ban last Dec. 15 on U.S. drones flying over its territory.
The legislature took that decision after three people were killed, including civilians, when a wedding convoy was drone-blasted in the central part of the country, which authorities claimed had been launched against al-Qaeda leaders.
Nonetheless, Parliament lacks the authority under the current transition government, having been elected during the mandate of the previous President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who resigned in 2012 following an uprising against his regime. EFE