Two file pictures show jihadist leader Qasim al-Raymi

The United States has killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), President Donald Trump said.

Qasim al-Raymi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed in a US operation in Yemen, the White House said.

The jihadist leader had been linked to a series of attacks on Western interests in the 2000s.

READ THIS
Oyedepo: I’ll make you my assignment – Charly Boy attacks Pastor Ibiyeomie over Daddy Freeze

He took over the leadership after his predecessor was killed by a US drone strike.

Longrich

AQAP was formed in 2009 from two regional offshoots of Al-Qaeda in Yemen and Saudi Arabia, with the goal of toppling US-backed governments and eliminating all Western influence in the region.

Rumours of Raymi’s death began circulating in late January. In response, AQAP released an audio message with Raymi’s voice on 2 February in which he said AQAP was behind a deadly shooting at a US naval base in Pensacola, Florida.

READ THIS
Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Yusuf, is dead

The shooting took place in December, and the message may have been recorded earlier.

The statement from the White House confirmed Raymi’s death but it did not say when he was killed.

READ THIS
Teacher rapes, inserts object inside private of 15-year-old student who came to report her rapist

“His death further degrades AQAP and the global al-Qaeda movement, and it brings us closer to eliminating the threats these groups pose to our national security,” the statement read.


COMMENTS...