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Suspected al-Qaida attack kills 2 troops in Yemen

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- A car bomb targeting army posts in southern Yemen killed two soldiers Sunday, officials said, an attack authorities blamed on the country's local al-Qaida branch.

Military officials said forces also foiled two other attacks by suspected al-Qaida militants, killing at least three of the assailants in the southern province of Abyan. Yemen's state news agency reported that army forces damaged two other bomb-laden cars and killed those inside before they reached the targeted military camps.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

The U.S. considers Yemen's local branch of al-Qaida to be the world's most dangerous. It has launched drone strikes there as the Yemeni government has waged repeated offensives to drive out the militants from the south, most recently this spring.

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