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Al-Qaeda denies its No. 2 in Yemen was killed

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Al-Qaeda in Yemen has posted a statement on militant websites saying that its second-most senior commander has not been killed. It's the second time the group has denied Saeed al-Shihri’s death.

The Saudi national, who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, is “alive and in good health,” according to a senior al-Qaeda cleric in Yemen and the group's media arm, al-Malahem.

A Yemeni police official told The Associated Press on Monday that security forces may have been too quick announcing al-Shihri’s death in January based on information from Saudi Arabia. The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to release the information to reporters.

Yemeni officials had claimed the al-Qaeda commander was killed by a U.S. drone strike.