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Al-Qaida wing in Yemen confirms U.S.-born cleric killed by drone strike

10-11-2011 10:29 BJT

SANAA, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- The Yemen-based al-Qaida wing confirmed Monday that U.S.-born Yemeni al-Qaida cleric Anwar al- Awlaki was killed in an air raid 10 days ago by a U.S. drone.

"We confirm to the Islamic nation the martyrdom of the mujahid heroic Sheikh Abu Abdul Rahman Anwar bin Nasser al-Awlaki," the group said in a statement posted on an on-line forum with its name "al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula" (AQAP).

"Sheikh al-Awlaki was killed in an area between the provinces of Marib and Al-Jouf along with his colleagues Abu Mohsen al- Maribi, Salem al-Marwani and Samir Khan, the co-editor of AQAP magazine 'Inspire'," it said.

The terrorist group said that "in spite of the U.S. propaganda of their unfair freedom and laws, the Americans killed Sheikh al- Awlaki without providing any evidence to prove the alleged charges. "

In the statement, the group also urged the Yemeni people to protest against the U.S. military interference in Yemen and killing of Yemeni citizens.

On Sep. 30, the Yemeni Defense Ministry announced that al- Awlaki and Khan, both wanted by the U.S. government, were killed along with two other al-Qaida operatives in an air raid in a desert area between the restive northeastern provinces of Al-Jouf and Marib.

Khan, a U.S. citizen of Pakistani origin, is a co-editor and IT engineer of the on-line magazine "Inspire", an English-language monthly magazine that spreads al-Qaida ideology.

The Yemeni Defense Ministry said the operation came following a tip by one of the detained al-Qaida militants.

Branded as a major recruiter for al-Qaida, Awlaki was suspected by the U.S. authorities of providing spiritual guidance to attackers who carried out Fort Hood shooting in November 2009 and a Christmas underwear bomb attempt on a U.S. airliner in the following month.


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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