Yemeni forces kills Al-Qaeda chief in air strikes

Yemen’s defence ministry announced on Monday that two senior Al-Qaeda members were killed in an air strike which targeted terrorists hideouts in the southeast of the country.

The Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leaders have been identified as as Jamil Al-Anbari – AQAP leader in the Abyan governorate – and Samir Al-Sayari. Reportedly, they were killed in Abyan’s Moudia district on Sunday night.

Security officials disclosed that the disfigured remains had been transported to the capital for DNA testing. Unconfirmed reports indicate that seven other suspected terrorists have been killed in the airstrike.

Meanwhile, security has been beefed up following a series of small explosions in Yemen’s main southern city of Aden late on Monday. Official reports indicate that the explosions were likely caused by firebombs, and describe the perpetrators as “saboteurs”. According to witnesses, five blasts were heard in the city. Yemen’s central government deployed a large number of troops to deter new attacks.