Yemeni army kills seven al Qaeda fighters, including one Uzbek

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Yemeni troops have killed an Uzbek commander of al Qaeda and six other fighters in a fierce battle in south Yemen, officials said on Thursday, the third day of a large-scale military offensive aimed to stamp out the violent Islamist group.A local military source said the Uzbek citizen, known as Abu Muslim al-Uzbeki, died during fighting in the province of Abyan. Two days ago, President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi said 70 percent of al Qaeda fighters in Yemen were foreigners.Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its off-shoot called Ansar al-Sharia have hampered the U.S.-allied country’s efforts to restore stability since a revolt in 2011 that forced a change in government.Hundreds of people have died in bombings, suicide attacks and commando-style raids by the militant group against military and government facilities and foreign nationals.

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