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Yemen offensive al-Qaida: Wanted terrorist leader killed in capital

The Yemen offensive has taken down another al-Qaida leader in Yemen, Mohammed Saeed Al-Shabwani, who was suspected of involvement in bombings and kidnappings of foreigners. He was killed in an overnight clash with security forces in Sanaa, said Friday by the High Committee of Yemeni Security.

In a statement published today by the news agency CNN, Al-Shabwani was described as one of the "most-wanted and dangerous" terrorists of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. He was also involved in the kidnapping and murder of policemen and foreign citizens.

Hunted by security forces near the presidential palace, Mohammed Saeed Al-Shabwani opened fire on his pursuers, who responded by "killing him and killing one of his companions," a spokesman said.

Three other people who were in the car with Al-Shabwani were arrested, a police source said, adding that two of them were injured in the shooting.

The Interior Ministry warned Monday about the risk of intensification of operations for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula after the casualties suffered in the south.The Yemeni government forces have captured the main stronghold of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in the south, after an intense offensive that ended with the militants fleeing the scene.

Al Mahfad area, a mountainous area in the province of Abyan, has been the great Islamist stronghold since 2012. The Yemen offensive launched by the government has been the most concerted campaign against al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in two years, Newsweek said.

The offensive, which is now in its second week, is responsible for the death of dozens of militants of various nationalities, according to official figures. Farhan Haq, a spokesman for the United Nations in New York, said the world body had no plans to move out of Yemen.

"To the contrary, it is determined to continue the implementation of its critical mandates in this country, including political, development and humanitarian. To enable the above, the U.N. is applying a variety of security risk management options," Haq said.

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