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Drone Strikes In Yemen Kill 7 Suspected Al Qaeda Militants: Official

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A Yemeni soldier stands guard outside a tunnel that was dug underneath a neighbourhood close to the residential compound of Yemen's former president Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa on August 16, 2014. (MOHAMMED HUWAIS/AFP/Getty Images) | MOHAMMED HUWAIS via Getty Images

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Two separate airstrikes in Yemen's south killed seven suspected militants Saturday, a Yemeni security official said.

The official said three suspected militants were killed when an airstrike hit their vehicle north of Ahwar town, in the southern Abyan province. The other airstrike hit a gathering of militants in the same region, killing four, the official said.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. It was not clear if the airstrikes were carried out by U.S. drones, commonly used to target suspected militants in Yemen, or government jets.

The U.S. considers al-Qaida's Yemeni branch to be its most dangerous. The Yemeni government has waged repeated offensives to try to drive them out of the south.

The group has retaliated with a series of attacks against local security forces.

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