Al-Qaida confirms top leader killed by US in Yemen

The group has met and appointed its former military chief as leader.

By REUTERS
June 16, 2015 11:34
Nasser al-Wuhayshi‏

Nasser al-Wuhayshi‏. (photo credit: STR / AFP)

 
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Al-Qaida in Yemen said its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi was killed in a US bombing, in a statement posted online.

"We in al-Qaida 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.

Quoting two Yemeni national security officials, CNN reported on Monday that the leader was killed.


Al-Wuhayshi, was once a close associate of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. CNN 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.

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