Sana’a: At least two alleged Al Qaida fighters were killed on Friday in the Yemen’s southeastern Hadramout province, security official told Gulf News.

The two targeted men were travelling in a pickup on the outskirt of a small town in the middle of a highway between Seiyun and Shibam.

“The airstrike burnt the bodies of the two men who were carried to Shibam hospital. The strike occurred at 5.15pm near an oil station,” said the official on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

US drones have carried many deadly attacks, killing tens of suspected Al Qaida militants in the growing unstable province since the beginning of this year.

Yemen’s largest province has been in turmoil since December 2 when a prominent tribal leader was killed in a shootout with army troops. Angry tribesmen retaliated by attacking army checkpoints and security offices.