ADEN - Yemen's army killed at least five al-Qaida-linked militants in Abyan province on Wednesday as it continues a US-backed offensive to suppress Islamist militancy in the south, a military official said.

The Ministry of Defense said in a text message that some of the dead militants had been senior military leaders of Ansar al-Sharia, which has close links to the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Earlier in the day, a Yemeni aid worker for the International Committee of the Red Cross was killed by an air strike in the province while carrying out humanitarian work, the agency said.

A local official told Reuters on Wednesday that the ICRC worker had been killed in a strike by the Yemeni air force.

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