Tribal officials: Drone strike kills Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader

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A Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader was killed in a drone strike overnight in the southern province of Abian, Yemeni tribal officials said Thursday.

Jalal Baliedy headed Al-Qaeda in the province and had led several major attacks, including the beheading of soldiers. Three other people were killed in the strike, the officials said.

Meanwhile six Al-Qaeda operatives have also been killed in a seperate attack carried out with a U.S. drone in Shabwa, Eastern Yemen, Al Arabiya News channel has reported.

Washington considers Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch to be the most dangerous offshoot of the network.

The group has been blamed for a number of unsuccessful bomb plots aimed at Americans, including an attempt to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner with explosives hidden in the bomber’s underwear and a second plot to send bombs hidden in printer cartridges on planes headed to the U.S.

Six other suspected Al-Qaeda members were killed when a drone strike hit their car in Shabwa province, according to tribal officials.

In the southern port city of Aden, a child was killed when a bomb exploded Wednesday near the convoy of the Lahj province security chief, Adel al-Halemi. The chief, three of his colleagues and three civilians were injured in the attack, security officials said.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

(With AP)

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