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Rebels die in Yemen 'drone' strikes

At least seven al Qaida-linked militants have been killed in suspected US drone strikes in southern Yemen, security officials say.

The strikes targeted a gathering of militants on a farm outside the town of Jaar, a one-time al Qaida stronghold.

They followed tips from locals of an imminent al Qaida attack on the town.

Resident said they saw two vehicles on fire and several bodies.

A US-backed Yemeni military offensive in June pushed out al Qaida from many southern areas the militants seized during last year's uprising.

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