News Brief 2/13/2013, Adar 3, 5773
Source: Drone Strike Kills Top Al Qaeda Cleric in Yemen
A drone strike in the eastern Yemeni province of Shabwa last month killed the top religious cleric for Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a source close to the group said on Tuesday.
"A drone strike had targeted Sheikh Adel al-Abab's vehicle but he escaped and fled to a mountainous region where a raid by another drone killed him immediately," the source told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Abab had graduated from the Dawa Islamic studies center, in Sana'a and had served as the top religious cleric for AQAP.