Top Al Qaeda commander dead in Yemen

Al Qaeda's branch in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) mourned the killing of a senior commander in southern Yemen, a statement distributed on social media showed, after he was reported dead in a suspected US drone strike last week.

Jalal Baleedi was killed by a drone strike as he was travelling in a car with two others in coastal Abyan province, residents said on Thursday. He had run Al Qaeda's combat operations and had a $5 million US bounty on his head.

"We extend condolences to our community and specifically our people in Yemen...regarding the killing of the heroic commander Jalal Baleedi Al Marqishi...who was killed in a crusader strike that targeted him while he was among the sons of his tribe in Abyan province," the statement said.

 

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