A soldier steps out of an army personnel carrier stationed near a checkpoint in Yemen's southern port city of Aden May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah
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At least 27 people were killed in an overnight raid by gunmen on a city in southeastern Yemen, residents and a local official said on Saturday, as Al-Qaeda continues its fightback against a government offensive in the country.Al-Qaeda has carried out many hit-and-run attacks since the Yemeni army drove it from its southern strongholds in Abyan and Shabwa provinces last month."They wanted to capture the city and control it," a local official, who asked not to be identified, told Reuters.The official said 20 attackers died and said they took away 18 bodies.
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