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Yemeni court sentences 2 al-Qaida members to death

SAN'A, Yemen (AP) - A Yemeni court has convicted two al-Qaida militants for killing senior police and army officers and sentenced them to death.

Wednesday's swift trial was held in the capital San'a and took place without attorneys for the defendants.

Dressed in blue jumpsuits, the defendants denounced the verdict and shouted 'God is Great' afterwards.

Arrested in December, the two militants were convicted for carrying out attacks in 2009, including one that claimed the lives of top Yemeni intelligence officials in the south.

Yemen, the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden, has a strong al-Qaida presence, which the government has struggled to confront.

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