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An internet jihadist confirmed that a Tunisian was killed during a recent US drone strike in Al Baydah province in Yemen.
A message posted on the al Qaeda-linked Shumukh al Islam stated that Muhammad bin Muhammad, a Tunisian whose nom de guerre is Abu Hafs al Tunisi, “was martyred days ago … in the area of al Manasih in Al Baydah province.” The statement was published on Aug. 15 and obtained and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group.
While the statement did not say that al Tunisi was killed in a drone strike, Yemeni officials reported that “Abu Hafsah al Tounisi” was killed in the Aug. 8 strike in Al Baydah. Two Egyptians, a Saudi, a Bahraini, a Yemeni, and a wanted bombmaker known as Abdullah Awad al Masri, and Abou Osama al Maribi, were also killed in the strike [see LWJ report, US kills AQAP bombmaker, 9 fighters in pair of strikes in Yemen].
According to the martyrdom statement, al Tunisi was from the city of Benzert al Jala’a. He “joined the convoy of mujahideen in the Yemen of victory after he spent years in the
prisons of the runaway tyrant Zine El Abidine Ben Ali,” the former president of Tunisia who was ousted last year during a national uprising.