The Yemeni leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was killed in a suspected US drone strike, CNN reported on Monday, quoting two Yemeni national security officials.
The leader, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, was once a close associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. CNN said Wuhayshi said the attack occurred on Friday in the Hadramout region.
The United States was looking into reports of his death, said a US official, speaking on condition of anonymity and declining to comment on any possible US. involvement.
The US military was not involved in any strike, a second official said. It was unclear whether a strike may have been carried out by the CIA.