Yemen Bombs Home of ‘dead’ Al Qaeda Leader

By Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
Stephen Jones
January 20, 2010 Updated: January 20, 2010

A house belonging to a suspected Al Qaeda leader was allegedly bombed by Yemeni air force on Wednesday-a week after the military claimed he had been killed.

Four air strikes took place on the home of Ayed al-Shabwani, in the Maarib province east of the capital Sana'a, witnesses told AFP.

The alleged attacks call into doubt an assertion last week by the Yemeni government that they had killed six Al Qaeda militants, among them Ayed al-Shabwani.

Al Qaeda at the time denied that any of their members had been killed.

The Yemeni government is facing increased international pressure over its record in tackling Al Qaeda, and there is the perception that the rise in militancy could turn the country into a failed state.

Local authorities have declared open war on Al Qaeda, after the organization's local wing said it was behind the Christmas day attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound passenger plane.