Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in S. Yemen

By Mohamed al-Samei, Saturday, May 03, 2014

A senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in southern Yemen on Saturday, the Yemeni army said.

A senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in southern Yemen on Saturday, the Yemeni army said.

SANAA – A senior Al-Qaeda leader was killed in southern Yemen on Saturday, the Yemeni army said.

Abu Islam al-Shishani was killed during a security operation in the southern Abyan province, a Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The spokesman, however, gave no further details.

Yemen has recently started an offensive against Al-Qaeda elements in the southern provinces of Shabwah and Abyan.

The country has been dogged by turmoil since pro-democracy protests in 2011 forced autocratic president Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after 33 years in power.

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