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US strike kills senior Qaeda official in Yemen: SITE

A video grab taken from a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media on December 4, 2014 purportedly shows Nasser bin Ali Al-Ansi, of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, reading a message threatening to kill US hostage Luke SomersA US air strike in Yemen last month killed the senior Al-Qaeda official who appeared in a video claiming the deadly January attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo, a monitor said Thursday. Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, who was killed in the April strike along with his eldest son and other fighters in the port city of Mukalla, also appeared in Al-Qaeda videos claiming the holding and death of US hostage Luke Somers, SITE Intelligence Group said. The announcement of his death came in a video posted Thursday on Twitter by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — which Washington considers the international terror network’s deadliest branch. SITE described Ansi as “a senior AQAP official and military strategist”.

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