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Yemen says 500 Qaeda militants killed in five-week offensive

Yemeni troops take part in an offensive against extremists in the southern province of Shabwa, on May 7, 2014Yemeni forces have killed 500 suspected Al-Qaeda militants in an all-out offensive against them in their southern strongholds that began on April 29, the army spokesman said Thursday. Forty soldiers were killed and another 100 wounded in the operation in the provinces of Shabwa and Abyan, in which 39 militants were captured, Colonel Saeed al-Fakeih told reporters. “We will press on with our war against Al-Qaeda, especially in the regions that (militants) fled to,” he said. The army launched the offensive against Al-Qaeda in Shabwa and neighbouring Abyan in a bid to expel its forces from smaller towns and villages that escaped a previous sweep in 2012.

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