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US-born al Qaeda cleric Awlaki killed

By Haris Afzal on Friday, September 30, 2011 with 0 comments

US-born al Qaeda cleric Awlaki killed
SANAA: Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, has been killed, Yemen's Defence Ministry said on Friday.

"The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions," it said in a statement sent by text message to journalists, but gave

no details.

A Yemeni security official said Awlaki, who is of Yemeni descent, was hit in an air raid and said those killed with him were suspected al Qaeda

members.

It was not immediately clear if Yemeni forces had carried out the raid or if Awlaki had been killed by a US drone strike. A US drone aircraft targeted but

missed Alwaki in May.

US officials were not immediately available for comment.

Awlaki had been implicated in a botched attempt by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to bomb a US-bound plane in 2009. US authorities have

branded him a "global terrorist" but Sanaa had previously appeared reluctant to act against him.

Category: World News

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