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Al-Qaida executes 2 Yemenis suspected of US links

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A security official says al-Qaida-linked militants have publicly executed two Yemenis suspected of collaborating with the United States.

The official says one of Sunday’s executions took place in the town of Azan in Shabwa province and the other in the town of Jaar in neighboring Abyan province. Both towns are in southern Yemen, where militants have seized large swaths of territory in the past year as security has collapsed across the country.

The official says the men were suspected of planting electronic devices that help U.S. drones strike militant positions. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with security rules.

In September, a U.S. drone strike killed U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and a second American, Samir Khan, who edited al-Qaida’s Internet magazine.

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