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Official: Drone attack kills Al-Awlaki's son in Yemen

From Hakim Almasmari, For CNN
updated 6:06 AM EDT, Sat October 15, 2011
U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in Yemen on September 30.
U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar al-Awlaki was killed in a drone strike in Yemen on September 30.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The son had been hiding in the mountains for more than eight months, the official says
  • The Awlaki family did not want to comment
  • The strikes also kill the head media officer of AQAP

(CNN) -- The son of U.S.-born militant cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki was among those killed in a trio of drone attacks in southern Yemen on Friday night, a security official said.

The attacks, carried out in the Shabwa district, killed seven suspected militants, the defense ministry said. It would not confirm that Abdul Rahman Anwar Awlaki was among them.

The senior security official in Shabwa, who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak to the media, said the younger Awlaki had been hiding in the mountains of Shabwa for more than eight months. He had first-hand knowledge of the death, he said.

The Awlaki family did not want to comment.

On September 30, a U.S. drone strike killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born miltant cleric who was a key leader of the terrorist group al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

President Barack Obama hailed that death as a "major blow" for the terror group.

Friday night's attack also killed Ibrahim al-Banna, the head media officer for AQAP, the Yemeni defense ministry said.

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