Al-Qaeda's No. 2 'died of wounds from US drone attack' in Yemen

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 04:50 hrs

Al-Qaeda's No. 2 in Yemen died of wounds sustained in a U.S. drone attack last year in southern Yemen, a report has said.

The country's official news agency and a security official said that Saeed al-Shihri, a Saudi national who fought in Afghanistan and spent six years in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, was wounded in a missile attack in the southern city of Saada on November 28.

The agency said that he had fallen into a coma since then, Fox News reports.

It was not clear when he actually died, the report said.

According to the report, a security official said that the missile had been fired by a U.S., operated, unmanned drone aircraft.

Yemen had previously announced al-Shihri's death in a September 10 drone attack in the province of Hadramawt.

A subsequent DNA test however proved that the body recovered was not that of al-Shihri.

On Oct. 22, al-Shihri denied his own death in audio message posted on Jihadi websites.

According to the report, Al-Shihri's death is considered a major blow to al-Qaida's Yemen branch, known as Al-Qaeda in The Arabian Peninsula.

Washington considers it the most dangerous of the group's offshoots. (ANI)

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