Awlaki was killed with several other suspected al Qaeda operatives, the Yemeni defense ministry said. The statement did not elaborate on the circumstances of Awlaki’s death.
However, tribal sources told AFP that Awlaki was killed in an air strike which hit two vehicles in Marib province, an al Qaeda stronghold in eastern Yemen early Friday.
The 40-year-old, who was born in New Mexico, was linked to the 2009 Christmas Day “underwear bomber” plot — a narrowly foiled bid to blow up a passenger jet approaching Detroit.
He was also linked to the failed Times Square bomb attempt in May last year and the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting, in which 13 people were killed by a gunman at the U.S. Army base.
Ya gotta think that Al Qaeda’s line of succession is feeling a tad uneasy these days.