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Al-Qaida announces death of a leader in Yemen

Saturday - 5/3/2014, 2:52pm  ET

In this Thursday, May 1, 2014 photo provided by Yemen's Defense Ministry, army vehicles patrol a road during fighting with al-Qaida militants in Majala of the southern province of Abyan, Yemen. (AP Photo/Yemen's Defense Ministry)

Associated Press

SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's al-Qaida branch says one of its local commanders has died from wounds he suffered during an attack by the Yemeni army and U.S. drones.

A Twitter account associated with al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula issued a message saying Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy died Saturday after a military attack on one of its camps in the town of Mahfad last week.

Mahfad, where al-Kazimy was the leader, is located in a mountainous region in the country's south.

Government officials confirmed al-Kazimy's death.

The Yemeni army, backed by U.S. drone strikes and supported by local tribes, recently launched a campaign to drive al-Qaida out of the southern provinces of Abyan and Shabwa.

The U.S. considers Yemen's al-Qaida branch as the world's most dangerous.

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