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Wanted al Qaeda leader killed in Yemen

From Hakim Almasmari, For CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Al Shabwani was the leader of al Qaeda in Marib province
  • The province is believed to be a haven for militants
  • He is among several militants killed in an attack on Tuesday, officials say
RELATED TOPICS
  • Yemen
  • Al Qaeda
  • Terrorism

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN) -- An Al Qaeda leader who was on the Yemeni government's wanted list was killed in clashes with the army, the country's defense ministry said Wednesday.

Aieth al Shabwani was the leader of al Qaeda in Marib province, which is believed to be a haven for the militant group's loyalists.

He was among several militants killed Tuesday in Zanzibar, the capital of Abyan province, the ministry said without offering additional details.

A second leader, Awad al Shabwani, was also killed.

The Yemeni military is in the midst of an offensive in the province to clear the area of the terror group.

The operations have claimed lives on both sides in recent weeks.

 
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