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Official: Al-Qaida bomb maker not killed
Official: Al-Qaida in Yemen bomb maker not killed in Al-Awlaki strike
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A top Yemeni official says al-Qaida's chief bomb maker in Yemen was not killed in the U.S. drone strike on a convoy two days ago.

U.S. intelligence officials had said that bomb maker Ibrahim Al-Asiri may have been killed. But on Sunday a Yemeni official said Al-Asiri was not among those who died in the drone attack.

Al-Asiri has been linked to the bomb that authorities allege a Nigerian man tried to detonate aboard a Detroit-bound plane in 2009. The Yemeni official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.



Two American-born members of al-Qaida did die in the strike last Friday. They were radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and the co-editor of an online English-language magazine, Samir Khanurging, who had urged American Muslims to carry out attacks.


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