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Monday, June 18, 2012

Yemen: 40 al Qaeda militants killed in fighting


Yemeni government forces killed 40 Islamic militants in an offensive against fighters of Al Qaeda in southern Yemen, officials said. The militants were killed in the night from Thursday to Friday in fighting that took place between Zinjibar, capital of Abyan province, and locality of Shoqra, according to the Ministry of Defence. During the fighting on Thursday night, an air strike hit a house, killing four members of one family, according to a military official who requested anonymity. Yemeni forces have taken control of Jaar Tuesday and Zinjibar, two towns in Abyan province which were held by al Qaeda for over a year.

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