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Yemen kills Al Qaeda number two in Arab Peninsula

Yemeni armed forces have killed Said al-Shehri, a man seen as the second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a government website said on Monday. The ministry of defence website said Shehri was a Saudi national who was killed, along with six other militants, in any army operation in the remote Hadramout province in eastern Yemen. It gave no more details.

The United States has used unmanned drones to target AQAP, which has planned attacks on international targets including airliners and is described by Washington as the most dangerous wing of Al Qaeda. A Yemeni security source said Shehri was killed in an operation last Wednesday which was thought to have been carried out by a US drone, rather than the Yemeni military. The source said another Saudi and an Iraqi national were among the others killed. Shehri is a former inmate of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay who was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007 and put through a Saudi rehabilitation programme for militants.

Yemen’s government is trying to re-establish order after an uprising pushed out veteran ruler Ali Abdullah Saleh in February, but faces threats from Islamist militants, southern secessionists and a Shia rebel movement in the north.

The protests and factional fighting have allowed al-Qaida’s regional wing to seize swathes of south Yemen, and Shia Muslim Houthi rebels to carve out their own domain in the north. The lawlessness has alarmed the United States and Yemen’s much bigger neighbour Saudi Arabia which view the impoverished state as a new front line in their war on al-Qaida and its affiliates.

Washington, which has pursued a campaign of assassination against suspected Al Qaeda members, backed a military offensive to recapture areas of Abyan province. 
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