Monday, January 18, 2010

Yemen: Six al-Qaida militants, not dead just feasting

Xinhua - Tribal sources in northern Yemen said Monday that six fugitives of al-Qaida branch in the Arabian Peninsula, who had been declared dead by the Yemeni government in an airstrike last weekend, are alive, including the group's military commander Kasim al-Raimy, local media reported.

"The six militants attended on Saturday a banquet in Abydah tribe to thank God for their survival from the air raid that targeted their two cars on Friday in a desert valley in the northern governorate of al-Jawf," local Marib Press quoted tribal sources close to al-Qaida survival Aiydh al-Shabwani as saying.

Local witnesses also told Marib Press that they saw all the six members of the al-Qaida branch who were the target last Friday by a Yemeni warplane attending a banquet and they were not injured except that al-Raimy was slightly wounded in his abdomen due to the air raid.

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