Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen killed

2012-09-10 23:50

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Washington - Senior US officials are confirming that the No 2 al-Qaeda leader in Yemen has been killed, dealing a major blow to the terror group.

The officials said Saeed al-Shihri was killed, but could not confirm any US involvement in the air strike on Monday that Yemeni leaders say killed the terrorist and six others.

Yemeni officials said the missile that killed al-Shihri, who was a Saudi national, was believed to have been fired by a US-operated, unmanned drone aircraft. The US doesn't usually comment on such attacks although it has used drones in the past to go after al-Qaeda members in Yemen.

Two US officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information to the news media.

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