Yemen: Reports say Shiite rebel leader killed

Published December 27th, 2009 - 08:49 GMT

The leader of Yemen's Shi'ite rebels may have died after being severely injured by government forces in the north of the country, a Yemeni government website and media said on Sunday. The Yemeni army said Abdul-Malik al-Houthi was hurt in an attack and might have died from his wounds.


"There are increasing reports about the death of the terrorist Abdul-Malik al-Houthi, who was severely injured in an attack aimed at a gathering with a group of terrorist elements," the Yemeni defense ministry website said, adding there were reports that he had been buried in Jabel Tolan in the Malaheeth area.


Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television also said the rebel leader was dead, citing unnamed Yemeni sources as saying he was killed in an airstrike.


There have been rumours about Abdul-Malik's death in the past but the latest reports appear to be stronger.


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