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Al-Qaeda in Yemen confirms senior leader's death
Updated 2/20/2012 12:11 PM ET
CAIRO (AP) — Yemen's branch of al-Qaeda has confirmed the death of a senior leader, who officials say died in a bloody family feud.

A statement posted on a militant website by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Monday said that government agents "motivated by the hireling regime in Sanaa" were responsible for the death of its "emir," Tariq al-Dahab.

It did not comment beyond that on claims by officials and tribal leaders that al-Dahab had been slain Thursday at his home in southern Yemen by his half brother Hizam. Hizam and 15 others were then reported to have been killed by Dahab's followers.

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The clashes came days before Feb. 21 elections to approve a new leader to replace President Ali Abdullah Saleh. A year-long uprising has sought to push Saleh from power.

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Posted 2/20/2012 10:40 AM ET
Updated 2/20/2012 12:11 PM ET