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Yemen: Mines kill 81 in 2 weeks in embattled town

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[June 30, 2012]  YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Yemeni military officials say landmines laid by al-Qaida fighters have killed eight people in the past three days near the former militant stronghold of Zinjibar in the country's south. This brings the total number of mine deaths since the town fell to a military offensive two weeks ago to 81.

The officials also said six bodies were found Saturday outside Zinjibar and five more inside a well on Friday. They say the identities of the 11 have not yet been established.

The officials say engineering teams have removed some 3,000 landmines from the area. They spoke on condition of anonymity according to regulations.

[Associated Press; By AHMED AL-HAJ]

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