Senior al Qaeda leader killed in south Yemen: officials

November 7, 2014 4:16 PM

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ADEN (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces killed a senior al Qaeda leader in a raid in southern Yemen, officials said on Friday, a few days after senior members of the militant group were killed in U.S. drone strikes.

Turki al-Asiri, also known as Marwan al-Mekki, a local commander of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in southern Lahj province, was killed on Thursday, a security source told Reuters. Asiri was described by the source as al Qaeda's emir (prince) in Lahj -- a title held by senior leaders.

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