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Suicide bomber kills 25 in Yemen

ADEN -- A suicide bomber killed at least 25 tribal fighters when he blew himself up in the midst of a funeral in a village in Yemen's southern province of Abyan on Saturday, officials and residents said.

The bomber targeted tribesmen who sided with the Yemeni army during an offensive against Islamist militants that the government hailed as a major victory in June.

The blast came two days after an Italian embassy security officer kidnapped last Sunday by tribesmen in the oil-producing province of Maarib was released in good health.

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On Tuesday in Jaar, militants attacked a police station in Yemen's southern city of Jaar, killing four policemen and injuring one.

Ansar al-Sharia, which swears allegiance to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, seized control of several cities in Abyan province last year during a wave of protests that forced former President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.

Yemen's army drove militants from Jaar and the provincial capital of Zinjibar in an offensive seen as a breakthrough in a U.S.-backed drive to secure stability in the region.

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