Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy's death has been confirmed, the Al-Qaeda leader was killed during an attack by the Yemeni army and U.S. drones last week. According to messages conveyed through Twitter, Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy died on Saturday in the town of Mahfad, located in the mountainous region south of the country. Aljazeera reported Sunday that government officials have also confirmed the death of al-Kazimy. The Yemeni army, backed by U.S. drones and local tribes, recently launched a campaign to remove Al-Qaeda in the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa in the south of the country. The U.S. considers the branch of Al-Qaeda in Yemen the most dangerous in the world.
At least 37 suspected members of the terrorist network Al-Qaeda were killed in a military operation against one of its strongholds in Shebua province in the south, said the Yemeni Ministry of Defense on Sunday. The attack, which is part of the military offensive launched last week in southern Yemen, also injured dozens of extremists in the area.
According to The National, Washington has used drones to kill members and leaders of the group for several years. In April, a series of air strikes – presumed to be carried out chiefly by US drones – were launched on central and southern provinces of Yemen, which Yemeni authorities said killed some 65 Al-Qaeda militants.
The news of Ali bin Likra al-Kazimy's death comes just days after 11 Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists were arrested and questioned in connection with the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. The suspects were arrested in the capital of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, and in the Malaysian state of Kedar. All 11 suspects were reportedly planning bomb attacks in the country, NY Daily News reports.
According to the information available at the moment, reports acknowledged that some of the suspects were planning attacks in Malaysia but all have denied involvement in the disappearance of the aircraft. However, according to official sources confirmed to Britain's Daily Mail, the possibility that the plane was diverted by terrorists is still credible and international researchers have called for an extensive investigation into this theory.