Al-Qaeda's No. 2 in Arabian Peninsula reported dead



Agence France Presse

Published — Wednesday 23 January 2013

Last update 23 January 2013 2:18 pm

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DUBAI: The second-in-command of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has died, a radical Islamist said in his Twitter account, according to a Wednesday report by the SITE Intelligence group.
The Islamist, identified as Abdullah bin Muhammad, said that Saeed Al-Shehri, a Saudi, has died “after a long journey in fighting the Zio-Crusader campaign,” according to SITE.
Muhammad gave no details about Shehri’s alleged death which also remained unconfirmed by Islamist websites and the Saudi and Yemeni authorities.
However, the local daily Al-Hayat reported on Wednesday that members of Shehri’s family said he had died of wounds sustained in a US drone attack in Yemen during the second half of December.
Last October, Shehri denied a September 10 announcement by Yemen’s defense ministry that he had been killed in an army raid, in an audio message posted on extremist Internet forums.
The militant leader was released from Guantanamo Bay in Cuba in 2007 and was flown to Saudi Arabia where he was put through a rehabilitation program.
But after completing the program, Shehri disappeared and later resurfaced as AQAP’s No. 2.
AQAP, led by Nasser Al-Wuhayshi, is classified by the United States as the most active and deadly franchise in the global Al-Qaeda network.
In October 2000, AQAP militants attacked US Navy destroyer the USS Cole in Yemen’s port of Aden, killing 17 sailors and wounding 40 more.
Although weakened, the group continues to launch deadly attacks on Western and government targets across Yemen.

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