- Al-Qaeda leader Qasim al-Raymi was killed under the orders of United States (US) President Donald Trump
- The White House said under him, the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) committed unconscionable violence against civilians in Yemen
- The US said his death further degrades the global terrorist movement, as it seeks to protect its citizens and worldwide
- On Friday, January 3, the US also assassinated Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani saying he was plotting to kill US diplomats
Just a month after the United States of America (US) assassinated Iranian top commander Qassem Soleimani over his links to "terrorism", the powerful nation has struck again this time killing Qasim al-Raymi, the leader of Al-Qaeda.
Al-Raymi, who has led the jihadist group since 2015, was killed by a US operation in Yemen.
Al-Raymi, 41, had been on the United States’ radar for years with the country even offering a $5million for anyone who gives useful information about his whereabouts.
U.S authorities had in the past linked Raymi to the 2009 attempt by Nigerian-born Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab to bring down a Northwest Airlines flight en route to Detroit with a bomb hidden in his underwear.
According to a statement by the White House, the deceased was eliminated under the orders of US President Donald Trump.
The White House said al-Raymi joined al-Qaeda in the 1990s, and worked in Afghanistan for Osama bin Laden, the founder of the group.
The US said his death further degrades the global terrorist movement, as it seeks to protect its citizens and worldwide.
On Friday, January 3, the US assassinated Soleimani saying he was a "terrorist" responsible for the deaths of several innocent people worldwide.
"President Donald Trump took decisive action and stood up against the leading state sponsor of terror to take out an evil man who was responsible for killing thousands of Americans. Soleimani was a terrorist,” US VP Mike Pence tweeted.
Al-Raymi's death sparked reactions on social media worldwide.
Here in Nigeria, it would be recalled that following the assassination of Soleimani, members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as Shi’ites on Monday, January 6 led a procession against the United States government over the killing.
The Shi’ites burnt American flags at a central area of Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and chanted hate songs and slogans as they marched the streets.
Many workers in the Nigerian capital returning home were caught in the procession and scampered to safety for fear of attacks by the group.
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