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Militants kill Yemeni troops at checkpoint

July 7, 2011 at 7:14 AM   |   Comments

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SANAA, Yemen, July 7 (UPI) -- Militants shot and killed 10 soldiers at a military checkpoint in southwestern Yemen, officials said.

The incident occurred Wednesday in Lawdar, CNN reported Thursday.

In a separate incident Wednesday, the country's Defense Ministry said al-Qaida commander Waleed Osairi and several other suspected al-Qaida followers were killed.

The militants' deaths in Abyan province is part of an operation to clear the area of the terror group, the government said.

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