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Yemeni officials say al-Qaida has killed a militant it accused of spying for Americans

Yemeni security officials say al-Qaida militants operating in the country have killed, execution-style, one of their own, a man they accused of spying for the United States.

The officials say the man was killed on Thursday by a militant firing squad and his body was hung from a street light pole for public display in the town of Shahr in the southeastern Hadramawt province.

An al-Qaida flier distributed to residents said the execution was in "retribution" for anyone who deals with the Americans.

It claims the man, who was not identified, had been placing microchips in cars and safe houses used by al-Qaida members to guide missiles fired by U.S. drones.

Al-Qaida wields significant power in some remote areas in southern Yemen, where state authority is almost non-existent.