Two senior al-Qaeda leaders were killed on Tuesday, by a rocket attack targeting a meeting of al-Qaeda leaders at its stronghold in Bayda province, central Yemen.
This was reported by Yemen News Portal, based on local sources. The sources confirmed that Saad Atef, the chairman of the Shura Council of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and another leader called Khattab al-Sanani, were killed in the missile strikes that hit their meeting in the directorate of al-Sawma’ah.
No group has claimed responsibility for the missile bombing, which targeted the meeting of the terrorist leaders in al- Sawma’ah district.
The al-Sawma’ah district, Al-Qaeda’s main stronghold in Yemen, has been the scene of violent clashes between al-Qaeda members and Yemeni army forces since the beginning of the month.