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