Yemen Drone Strike Kills Wedding Guests Mistaken for Al-Qaida Convoy

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By Jack Moore | December 14, 2013 12:31 AM EST

Fifteen people on their way to a wedding in Yemen have been killed by a drone strike.

Yemeni media reported that an al-Qaida convoy was the intended target but the wedding-goers were hit instead.

"An airstrike 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 hospital," a security official told Reuters.

The source added that five more people were injured in the attack in Radda, central al-Bayda province.

It is unclear who launched the drone but the US has conducted drone strikes in the area.

The United States launched seven separate airstrikes in Yemen in August in their battle against al-Qaida and al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap). 

Washington regards Aqap as one of the most active and militant wings of the Islamic network.

On Monday, a US drone strike killed at three people in a car in eastern Yemen.

Ben Emmerson, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counterterrorism, said that US drone strikes have killed 2,200 in the past decade, including 400 civilians.

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