Al-Qaeda admits it has lost one of its leaders in Yemen, one month after his death

The Al-Qaeda terrorist organization acknowledged the killing of one of its field commanders in Yemen, more than a month after his killing in Shabwa governorate in southeastern Yemen.

In a statement released by activists on the social media”Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula” wept the leader in its ranks, “Younis Muhammad Awad Mlaqi al-Qa’aoui”, known kinesthetically as “Abu Ali al-Shabwani”, without addressing the circumstances and place of his death .

Terrorist leader Younis al-Qa’ari was killed on 11 May in the city of Ataq (the capital of Shabwa governorate), while attempting to carry out a terrorist operation, after al-Qaeda had intensified its attacks in coordination with the Houthi militia, in response to the formation of the Presidential Command Council, according to the Yemeni daily “Al-Shar’a”.

Security sources said at the time that Al-Qa’ari clashed with the defense forces of the Shabwa while besieging him while he was on a bus in central Ataq.

According to sources, Younis al-Qa’ari is one of the most dangerous elements recruited by the al-Qaeda terrorist organization more than 10 years ago in the Radhum district of Shabwa governorate, where he was active in the local community, disguised as a battle and with a false identity, trying to infiltrate the tribes.

Sources said Al-Qa’ari had a great ability to hide from the security services, taking advantage of its tribal assets, and participated in a number of terrorist and sabotage operations, including some attacks on oil and gas supplies. and oil pipelines in Shabwa recently in coordination with the Houthi group.

In addition, 5 soldiers were killed and at least 5 others wounded on Wednesday. in a terrorist attack that targeted a checkpoint at the entrance to the city of Ataq, the center of Shabwa governorate.

A security source said gunmen believed to be al-Qaeda aboard two autolaunched a surprise attack on a checkpoint at the eastern entrance to the city of Ataq, where soldiers of the Shabwa Defense Forces are stationed.

He explained that the attack killed five soldiers and wounded at least five others, four of them seriously.

The source said the security forces managed to kill two attackers, as well as damage one.auto on which attacking terrorists traveled while trying to escape, in following the attack on Wadi Sadr.

The dead soldiers were: Ayman Omar Muhammad al-Qahih al-Awlaki, Muhammad Awad Khairan Mujilba al-Awlaki, Muhammad Salih al-Dabaa al-Barasi, Ali Muhammad Ahmad al-Diyani and Muhammad Nasir al-Qaiti.

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