Don’t celebrate just yet. This is reportedly the fourth time he’s been killed.
The second-in-command of a branch of Al Qaeda has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen, according to the terrorist group.
Said al-Shihri rose to become number two of the Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) following his 2007 release from Guantanamo Bay prison.
This is the fourth time the Saudi-born Al Qaeda official has been reported dead.
Al-Shihri was eulogised in a video by a senior AQAP official, but no date was given for his death, U.S.-based monitoring group SITE said today.
‘I present my condolences to all the Mujahideen on the martyrdom of Said al-Shehri who was killed in a U.S. drone attack,’ Senior AQAP official Ibrahim al Rubaishsaid in the video.
Despite his release in 2007, where he was returned to Saudi Arabia and later fled to Yemen to joing AQAP, U.S, officials has named him as one of the most important militants linked to the terrorist organisation ever to leave Guantanamo Bay.