The chief of the media department of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and six other other members were killed in an air raid on terror outposts in Yemen. Gunmen retaliated by blowing up a gas export pipeline, Yemeni officials and locals said on Saturday.
According to Reuters, the Yemeni Defence Ministry said Ibrahim al-Banna, an Egyptian national, was killed in a raid by Yemeni war planes on positions in Shabwa province in southern Yemen late on Friday. However, other sources suggested the attacks were conducted by the Americans.
A Yemeni official described al-Banna as one of the most dangerous militants on their wanted list.
A few hours laterm al Qaeda members blew up a gas pipeline which transports gas from Maarib province to Belhaf port on the Arabian Sea.