Al-Qaida branch’s No. 2 killed
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The Yemen-based branch of al-Qaida confirmed on Wednesday that the group’s No. 2 figure, a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, was killed in a U.S. drone strike.
The announcement, posted on militant websites, gave no date for the death of Saudi-born Saeed al-Shihri.
The confirmation was significant, however, because al-Shihri had twice before been reported dead but the terror group later denied those reports.
His killing is considered a major blow to the Yemen-based al-Qaida branch, known as Al-Qaida in The Arabian Peninsula.
Wednesday’s announcement came in a video purporting to show the group’s chief theologian, Ibrahim al-Robaish, eulogizing al-Shihri.