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'Qaeda wing denies six leaders killed in Yemen'

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied that six of its leaders were killed in a Yemeni air strike last week, according to a statement published by the SITE monitoring group on Monday.

world Updated: Jan 18, 2010 07:53 IST

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) denied that six of its leaders were killed in a Yemeni air strike last week, according to a statement published by the SITE monitoring group on Monday.

"None of the mujahedeen were killed in that unjust and insidious raid; rather, some brothers were slightly wounded," the Qaeda group said in a statement on jihadist forums, SITE reported.

The Yemeni government has said that AQAP military boss Qassem al-Rimi died in a missile strike in the province of Saada province on Friday, along with Ayed al-Shabwani, Ammar al-Waili, Saleh al-Tais, Egyptian Ibrahim Mohammed Saleh al-Banna and an unidentified sixth person.