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updated: 8/6/2013 12:38 PM

Militants shoot down helicopter in Yemen; 8 killed

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  • Travelers make their way to the departure lounge at Sanaa International Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country.

      Travelers make their way to the departure lounge at Sanaa International Airport, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. The State Department on Tuesday ordered non-essential personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Yemen to leave the country.
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SANAA, Yemen -- Yemeni officials say that militants have shot down an army helicopter, killing all eight people on board including a military commander.

The officials say the helicopter was downed by a missile over the al-Qaida stronghold of Wadi Ubida in central Yemen. The helicopter was flying from the capital Sanaa to the province of Marib, officials said. The passengers were part of a military force guarding oil installations in the province.

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

The attack comes at a time the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack by the terrorist group.

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