Anwar al-Awlaki, a US-born cleric with links to al-Qa’ida’s Yemen-based wing, has been killed, according to Yemen’s Defence Ministry.
“The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions,” it said in a statement. However, no specific details have yet been released.
A Yemen security official has said that Awlaki was killed in a Friday morning air raid which took place in the northern province of al-Jawf close to the Saudi Arabia border. The official also said that a further four men were killed in the raid all were susupected al-Qa’ida members.
It is not immediately known if the raid was carried out by Yemeni forces or was in fact the product of a US drone. A previous attempt to kill Alwaki was carried out by a US drone in May. (more…)