Al-Qaeda in Yemen declares leader’s death Al-Qaeda video says that its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi was killed in U.S. airstrike

 SANAA, Yemen – (AA) Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula announced Tuesday the death of its leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi in a U.S. airstrike in Yemen.

A video published by the group on Twitter showed Khaled Batarfi, a senior member of AQAP, who said that Sheik Abu Huraira (Qassim al-Rimi) was chosen to succeed al-Wuhayshi.

The video could not be independently verified.

Al-Wuhayshi was one of the most wanted al-Qaeda leaders in the Arabian Peninsula and was the secretary of Osama bin Laden.

The Yemeni government had said in May that al-Qaeda remains active in several parts of the country’s south, from which it stages sporadic attacks on security personnel and Houthi militants.

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