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Reports: Al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen

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(CNN) -- The leader of an al Qaeda cell in Yemen has been killed in clashes with security forces, the Yemeni government said Wednesday.

Abdullah al-Mehdarhad, whose name is also spelled as al-Mihdar, led a cell in the Habban region of Yemen's Shabwa province, according to, the Web site for the Yemeni military.

It cited an official source in the Interior Ministry, who said the al Qaeda leader was killed during an exchange of fire with security forces.

Four al Qaeda suspects were arrested in the Maifah district of the same province, the state-run SABA news agency reported.