SANAA: An unidentified plane strike killed at least 15 civilians on their way to wedding ceremony by mistake for an Al-Qaeda convoy in the central al-Bayda province of Yemen on Thursday, Reuters reported.
The officials did not identify the plane in the strike in central al-Bayda province, but tribal and local media sources said that it was a drone.
“An air strike missed its target and hit a wedding car convoy, ten people were killed immediately and another five who were injured died after being admitted to the hospital,” one security official said.
Five more people were injured, the officials said.
A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, acknowledged media reports about members of a wedding party getting killed in a counter-terrorism strike.
“We have no information that corroborates these reports,”the official said, without elaborating.
The United States has stepped up drone strikes as part of a campaign against Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),regarded by Washington as the most active wing of the militant network.
Yemen, AQAP’s main stronghold, is among a handful of countries where the United States acknowledges using drones,although it does not comment on the practice.
Human Rights Watch said in a detailed report in August that US missile strikes, including armed attacks, have killed dozens of civilians in Yemen.
Stabilising the country, which is also struggling with southern separatists and northern rebels, is an international priority due to fears of disorder in a state that flanks top oil producer Saudi Arabia and major shipping lanes.
On Monday, missiles fired from a US drone killed at least three people travelling in a car in eastern Yemen.