U.S.-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to al Qaeda in Yemen, has been killed, says the nation's Defense Ministry.
Al-Awlaki was believed to be hiding in Yemen. Western intelligence officials believe Al-Awlaki is a senior leader of al Qaeda's branch in Yemen, which claimed responsibility for the attempt to ship explosives into the United States via cargo planes late last year.
U.S. officials say Al-Awlaki helped recruit Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the Nigerian man charged with trying to blow up a transatlantic flight as it landed in Detroit, Michigan, on December 25, 2009. The militant cleric is also said to have exchanged e-mails with accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hassan.
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