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Yemen says military kills 21 al Qaeda members

world Updated: Jun 12, 2011 19:23 IST
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Yemen's defence ministry said the military had killed 21 al Qaeda "terrorists" on Saturday in the southern Abyan province, whose capital, Zinjibar was seized by Islamist militants last month.

In a statement sent by text message, the ministry said Yemeni forces killed 18 al Qaeda members in Zinjibar, and three in another city in the province, Lawdar. Army troops also destroyed a weapons and ammunition cache in Zinjibar, it said.

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