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Yemen fighters try, execute al-Qaida militant

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AHMED AL-HAJ | March 11, 2013 05:13 PM EST | AP


SANAA, Yemen — A member of a militant group in Yemen's south says residents in the town of Jaar tried and executed a man suspected of carrying out a deadly attack for al-Qaida last year.

The local militants, known as Popular Committees, fought alongside Yemen's military to kick al-Qaida out of their towns last year. Its members have come since under attack.

A fighter in Jaar, who spoke anonymously for fear of retribution, said Monday his comrades executed 45-year-old Khaled Bathur for an attack last August that killed more than 40 people during a funeral for a fellow Popular Committee fighter.

Witnesses told The Associated Press that Bathur was shot in the head, and then his body was handed over to police.