Few months after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s death, the second-most target in the list of dreaded terrorists was killed on Friday in an airstrike in Yemen, confirm the country’s defence ministry.
While some US officials confirmed the reports discreetly, no confirmation has come from the office of the Secretary of State so far.
Awlaki was tipped to be the interim leader after Osama bin Laden’s death in a Navy SEALs raid. He was on the US “specially designated global terrorist” list for his alleged role in a number of attacks and reports said US President Barack Obama has approved his killing.
Awlaki was named in the US army base killings in Fort Hood, Texas, 2009 Detroit airline bomb bid, and another in New York’s Times Square.
He was imam of a San Diego mosque in the 1990s, when two of the 9/11 hijackers — Khalid al-Midhar and Nawaf al-Hazmi — attended his sermons.
Later , he moved to Britain and was reported to have moved to Yemen six years ago.