Top al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula militant reportedly 'killed in US air strike'

Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi has allegedly been killed along with his eldest son and other fighters

Rose Troup Buchanan
Thursday 07 May 2015 23:06
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Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi has reportedly been killed
Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi has reportedly been killed

A top Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula militant, who appeared in a number of prominent videos, has reportedly been killed in a US air strike.

SITE intelligence, which monitors militant activity, reported that a US air strike in Yemen had successfully killed Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi along with his eldest son and other fighters.

A US official confirmed that Ansi had died, but would not state whether his death was the result of a drone strike, CNN reported.

The SITE intelligence report claimed that Ansi was killed in al-Mukalla, Yemen, last month.

Ansi, who was born in Yemen, had appeared in a number of prominent videos for the terror organisation, including one in which he claimed the group was behind the Aqap attack on the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

Twelve cartoonists, editors and staffers were killed after two armed men burst into their Paris offices and opened fire on 7 January.

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