Military police troopers man a checkpoint on a road linking the Yemeni capital Sanaa with the oil-producing province of Marib June 26, 2012. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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A drone strike killed six Al-Qaeda suspects in eastern Yemen Monday, the first such raid since government troops launched their biggest offensive on jihadists in two years, tribesmen said.Yemen's army says it has inflicted heavy losses on Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula since it launched a major offensive against AQAP strongholds on April 29 .Army troops also killed a Saudi militant with Al-Qaeda named as Majid al-Mutairi in Shabwa, the Defense Ministry's news website 26sep.net said. Troops last Thursday announced they had entered Azzan, which had been a jihadist bastion. The Interior Ministry, meanwhile, said it had beefed up security in several provinces to prevent likely attacks by jihadists and infiltration by Somali jihadists. A suspected Al-Qaeda suicide bomber Sunday killed 12 soldiers and a civilian in an attack on a military base in the southeastern province of Hadramawt.
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