Yemen says kills militant behind attacks on Westerners




 
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Yemen says kills militant behind attacks on Westerners
 
May 7th, 2014  
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Yemen says kills militant behind attacks on Westerners
By Mohammed Ghobari SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni security forces on Wednesday killed a prominent Islamist militant suspected of masterminding attacks on Westerners, including a French security agent gunned down two days ago, the country's supreme security committee said. Security forces also detained five al Qaeda suspects and captured weapons in raids across the capital, the state news agency reported. The announcements came as Yemeni forces pushed ahead with an offensive against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its local offshoot, Ansar al-Sharia, having captured the militants' main stronghold in the south on Tuesday. Yemeni officials say al Qaeda is behind a campaign of assassinations, including the killing of the Frenchman in Sanaa on Monday, to destabilize the U.S.-allied country as it tries to emerge from political turmoil following 2011 protests that forced veteran President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down.




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