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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second-in-command was killed by a drone strike in Yemen, an insurgent group official claimed on Wednesday.
A high-ranking commander of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was killed in a reported drone strike in Yemen, the insurgent group claimed Wednesday.
Years later, after he was returned to Saudi Arabia in 2007, he escaped to Yemen and eventually became AQAP's second-in-command.
It's important to note that Shehri has been reported killed before. Last January, Yemeni officials said the commander had died during a military operation in Saada province on Nov. 28, 2012.
Senior AQAP official Ibrahim al-Rubaish claimed in an online video statement that Shehri had been killed in a US drone attack, according to SITE, a US-based website that monitors terrorist threats.
"I present my condolences to all the Mujahideen on the martyrdom of Said al-Shehri who was killed in a US drone attack," Rubaish said.
As with most alleged US drone strikes in Yemen, few details are known. It remains unclear exactly when or where the strike occurred.