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Yemen Says Senior Local Al-Qaeda Member Killed

July 21, 2011

Yemen says a senior leader of the country's Al-Qaeda branch was killed during a battle in the south of the country this week.

A statement from Yemen's Defense Ministry said on July 21 that Ayed al-Shabwani was killed on July 19 near the town of Zinjibar, a provincial capital that has been held by Al-Qaeda-linked militants since May.

The statement said one of his cousins, Awad al-Shabwani, was also killed in the fighting on the same day. The ministry gave no further details.

Al-Qaeda in Yemen has been taking advantage of the turmoil arising from months of anti-regime protests across much of the poor Arab nation, seizing and holding territory in the south.

Al-Qaeda's growing presence in Yemen has been a source of concern to the United States and Yemen's neighbors in the Gulf.

compiled from agency reports


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