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Yemen says 14 al-Qaeda suspects have surrendered

Last month,another 15 suspected members of the al-Qaeda surrendered to Abyan's governor

Fourteen suspected al-Qaeda members,including senior figures,have surrendered in the restive southern province of Abyan,Yemen’s Defence Ministry and a source close to the governor said on Monday.

“Fourteen al-Qaeda members have surrendered to Abyan’s governor Ahmed al-Mayassari,” said the Ministry’s website,26sep.net,citing a security official.

Five of them are leaders of the network’s local branch in Abyan,a source close to Mayassari told AFP.

Last month,another 15 suspected members of the al-Qaeda surrendered to Abyan’s governor.

Yemen is under renewed pressure to eliminate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,a local franchise,after explosives were found in air parcels headed for the United States sent from its territory by suspected al-Qaeda militants.

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Abyan and adjacent Shabwa province have become major fields of operation for al-Qaeda as the central government in Sanaa struggles to impose its control on the region’s heavily armed tribes.