Al Qaida in Yemen said its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US bombing, in a statement posted online.
"We in Al-Qieda in the Arabian Peninsula mourn to our Muslim nation ... that Abu Baseer Nasser bin Abdul Karim al-Wuhayshi, God rest his soul, passed away in an American strike which targeted him along with two of his mujahideen brothers, may God rest their souls," Khaled Batarfi, a senior member of the group, said.
The group had met and appointed its former military chief Qassim al-Raymi as his replacement, he added.
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