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Top al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi likey killed in US drone strike

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Top al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi likey killed in US drone strike

Al Arabiya

The Associated Press, Sanaa, Yemen

Tribal leaders said on Saturday a suspected US drone strike destroyed a building housing al-Qaeda militants last week in eastern Yemen.

President Donald Trump, meanwhile, retweeted several tweets and media reports that seemed to offer confirmation the January 25 strike killed top al-Qaeda leader Qassim al-Rimi.

The tribal leaders said the drone strike took place in the Wadi Ubaidah area in the eastern province of Marib. The area is known as a stronghold for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, as the Yemeni affiliate is known.

They said at least three explosions rocked the area, and that the building was set ablaze.

It was not immediately clear how many militants were in the building at the time or their identities. The tribal leaders said a handful of al-Qaeda militants arrived at the area directly after the strike and cordoned off the area.

The tribal leaders spoke on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals.

Read more: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/gulf/2020/02/01/US-drone-destroys-building-housing-al-Qaeda-Yemen-sources.html