- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

SANAA, Yemen — Yemen’s Defense Ministry says government troops have killed 30 Islamic militants in the troubled southern province of Abyan.

A brief statement said the militants were killed Monday night and Tuesday, but gave no other details.

Military officials and witnesses say warplanes bombed areas in the province known to be under the control of the militants, but it’s not immediately clear whether the airstrikes led to the death of the 30 militants.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

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