Yemen says it has killed U.S.-born cleric linked to al Qaeda

SANAA, Sept 30 Fri Sep 30, 2011 4:32am EDT

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SANAA, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Yemeni forces have killed Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born Muslim preacher linked to al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, the Defence Ministry said on Friday.

"The terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki has been killed along with some of his companions," it said in a statement sent by text message to journalists.

Awlaki had been implicated in a botched attempt to bomb a U.S.-bound plane in 2009. (Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari)