A wanted al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula leader who was involved in last year’s plot that forced the US to close more than a dozen diplomatic facilities across the world has been been killed in the yesterday’s US drone strike in central Yemen. AQAP’s emir for the central province of Baydah, where the jihadist group is battling encroaching Houthi rebels, was also killed in the same airstrike.

AQAP confirmed the deaths of Shawki Ali Ahmed al Badani and Nabil al Dhahab in an official statement released by by the group’s media arm. The statement was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group.

AQAP said that Badani and Nabil were killed “in an American Crusader bombardment from a drone on the evening of Monday, 10 Muharram 1436H, 3 November 2014,” according to SITE. “The two knights, and with them, a group of their mujahideen brothers, were dismounted by three Crusader bombardments.” […]