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Al-Qaeda leader killing sparks deadly clashes: officials

Yemeni Al-Qaeda leader Tareq al-Dahab sits in the Amiriyah mosque in the town of Rada, 130 kilometres (85 miles) southeast of the capital Sanaa, on January 22, 2012. (AFP/STR)

SANAA: Seventeen Yemeni tribesmen were killed Thursday in clashes that followed the assassination of a local Al-Qaeda leader by his half-brother in his stronghold southeast of Sanaa, tribal chiefs said.

The clashes erupted after Tarek al-Dahab was shot dead by his half-brother Hizam in the town of Al-Masaneh, several tribal chiefs said, confirming that the killer and his brother Majid were among the 17 killed in the gunfights.

 

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