Ahmed al-Awlaki, the brother of U.S.born accused Al Qaeda leader Anwar al-Awlaki, reportedly told the Chinese newspaper, Xinhua, that Anwar is still alive and was not part of the targeted convoy hit by a unmanned U.S. drone.
A Yemen defense ministry spokesperson said that Anwar and a number of his followers were killed by Yemeni forces in Shabwa province in southeastern Yemen in late 2010, but the Yemeni government later retracted their claim, according to Ahmed al-Awlaki.
Al Qaeda has also apparently released a statement saying that Awlaki as well as Ibrahim al-Asiri, believed to also have been killed in the drone attack, were both alive and nowhere near the convoy of three vehicles that were hit.
Yemeni officials confirmed that Al-Asiri was not among the bodies killed by the drone strike.
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