An army soldier inspects a car at a checkpoint in the Yemeni capital Sanaa May 17, 2014. REUTERS/ Mohamed al-Sayaghi
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Yemeni troops killed a local al Qaeda commander and four of his aides on Sunday in clashes in a southern province where the army has been waging an offensive against the militant network.The Defence Ministry's 26 September news website quoted a military source as saying the militant, known by his nickname al-Meqdad, was killed in Qarn al-Sawda, an area of Shabwa province where the Yemeni army campaign has been concentrated. Yemeni forces have faced a wave of hit-and-run attacks by the insurgents since the army captured their strongholds in al-Mahfad in Abyan province and in Mayfa'a, Azzan and Gol al-Rayda in Shabwa province earlier this month.
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