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Yemen air strike kills al-Qaeda military leader.

Summary: A Yemeni air strike on two cars killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda leaders in northern Yemen on Friday, including the leader of the armed wing, a Yemeni security official said.

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A Yemeni air strike on two cars killed at least six suspected al-Qaeda leaders in northern Yemen on Friday, including the leader of the armed wing, a Yemeni security official said.

"Two cars carrying eight dangerous al-Qaeda members were hit in an area between Saada and al-Jouf," the security official said.

"Two may have survived and escaped", he added. "The group included Qassem al-Remi and Abu Ayman al-Masry," said the official, adding that they are wanted by Yemeni and U.S. security.

The source confirmed al-Reni was killed: "He is al-Qaeda military leader and senior planner of most operations in Yemen.

"He escaped two previous airstrikes," he added.

The source said another al-Qaeda militant, Ayed al-Shabwani, was killed in the same air strike.

Yemen had already intensified operations against al-Qaeda since a Yemen-based wing of the group said it was behind a failed Dec. 25 attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound U.S. airliner.

Yemen declared open war on al-Qaeda on Thursday and warned its citizens against aiding the global militant group.

The impoverished Arab country has come under pressure to act against al-Qaeda since attacks on its two main allies, Saudi Arabia and the United States, by militants coming from Yemeni soil.

Saudi Arabia fears that instability in its populous neighbour will allow al Qaeda militants to use safe havens there for attacks on the world's biggest oil exporter.

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