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At least ten al-Qaeda fighters were killed Monday and Tuesday (August 7th-8th) in Yemen, including an explosives specialist, AFP reported Tuesday.
Mohsin bin Jamila, a member of the local administration in Jaar, Abyan province, told the news agency that two al-Qaeda fighters were killed and three others were arrested when the army and members of pro-government popular committees on Tuesday raided a house where the fighters were fortified in central Jaar.
One of the men arrested later died of his wounds, bin Jamila said.
"The terrorist Abdullah Awad al-Masri, also known as Abu Osama al-Maaribi, was killed in a carefully-planned operation in Bayda province," According to Saba, Yemen's official news agency.
The operation took place on Monday, Saba said.
The news agency said that al-Maaribi was "in charge of an explosives-making workshop and is one of the most dangerous al-Qaeda elements in Bayda province", south-east of Sanaa.
Six other al-Qaeda members died in the operation, Saba said, including Bahraini Abu Jaafar al-Iraqi, Saudi Abu al-Bara al-Sharouri, Egyptians Abu Musab al-Masri and Abu Hafsa al-Masri, Tunisian Abu Hafsa al-Tunisi and Yemeni Ibrahim al-Sakhi.