Yemen says local al-Qaida chief, 6 others killed

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SANAA, Yemen (AP) -- Yemen's Defense Ministry says the media chief for al-Qaida's Yemeni branch has been killed along with six other people in an airstrike.

The ministry said in a statement Saturday that Egyptian-born Ibrahim al-Bana and the six others were killed in the southeastern province of Shabwa on Friday night.

Security officials said the airstrike was among five that targeted al-Qaida positions in Shabwa. They said the airstrikes were carried out by U.S. aircraft.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the information with the media.