Yemen airstrike kills key al-Qaeda leader

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A Yemeni air strike on two cars killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda leaders in northern Yemen on Friday (January 15th), including the leader of the armed wing, regional wire services report.

"Yemeni Air forces carried out an air raid, 2:30 PM local time, in the northern region of Alajasher – an area that borders the provinces of Saadah and Al-Jawf – targeting and destroying two vehicles. Qassim Al-Raymi, the military commander of al-Qaeda, was the main target of the air raid," a Yemeni government press release sent to Al-Shorfa said.

"Today's operation marks the fifth major strike on al-Qaeda positions in less than a month," the statement said. It added that that two suspected al-Qaeda members who escaped the strike are being hunted by counter-terrorism units.

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