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Friday, October 31, 2014  

42 killed in Yemen’s Jaar
ADEN/RIYADH Yemeni government troops battled militants in two southern cities on Wednesday and recaptured parts of the strategically important city of Zinjibar.

In the battle in the city of Jaar, 33 militants and nine soldiers were killed, officials and residents said.  

The militants, who seized large swathes of southern Yemen last year, have given shelter and support to Al Qaeda’s local wing, which on Monday killed 100 soldiers in a suicide bombing at a military parade in the capital Sanaa.  

The advance of Yemeni troops into northeastern neighbourhoods of Zinjibar, the capital of Abyan province, represents a new front in a US-backed offensive to reclaim areas seized by insurgents in the south.   

Seven militants were killed and a soldier wounded in gunbattles in the town, a major prize for the insurgents when they took it last year.  

Twenty-six militants and nine soldiers were killed in fighting in the insurgent-held town of Jaar, the officials said. 

Residents said warplanes bombed a checkpoint set up by the Islamist fighters in Abyan province’s Mudiyah district. No casualties were reported. In Shaqra, two militants were killed when warplanes bombed their checkpoints, an official said. 

In Sanaa, a pro-Saleh protester was killed when riot police attempted to disperse a demonstration in the capital.     

Agencies
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