Yemen: US drone strike kills 3 al-Qaida militants

By AHMED AL-HAJ | January 22, 2013 | 3:32 PM EST

Soldados yemeníes vigilan una azotea en un tribunal durante el juicio de supuestos extremistas de al Qaida en Saná, Yemen, el lunes 21 de enero de 2013. Tres supuestos integrantes de al Qaida murieron el lunes y dos resultaron heridos por el ataque de un avión teledirigido estadounidense contra una camioneta al este de la capital, Saná, dijeron las autoridades. (AP Foto/Hani Mohammed)

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni security officials say an airstrike launched by a U.S. drone killed at least three suspected al-Qaida militants in a province near the Saudi border.

Tuesday's strike in the Jawf province northeast of the capital Sanaa was the fourth such attack to hit al-Qaida militants since Saturday, a higher-than-usual frequency that indicates a stepped up campaign by the Americans and their Yemeni government allies.

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

Al-Qaida in Yemen is considered among the world's most active branch of the network, having planned a series of foiled or aborted attacks on U.S. territory.

The United States rarely comments on its military role in Yemen, but has acknowledged targeting al-Qaida militants in the past.