UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, in an audio recording, claimed responsibility on Sunday for the bloody shooting at the US Navy’s Pensacola base in Florida in December, without providing evidence.
“We congratulate our Muslim nation and embrace the operation of the heroic martyr Knight, the Mughrabi Mohammed bin Saeed al-Shamrani,” said the audio recording, published by al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Reuters could not verify the authenticity of this recording.
A US government source familiar with official reports and analyzes said that the United States does not believe Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula’s declaration that the Florida shooting was acting on their behalf or on their behalf.
The source added that the organization may have issued a responsibility claim to face reports in recent days of the killing of its leader in a drone strike.
Reports in Yemen in recent days indicated that the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Qasim Al-Rimi, was killed in a raid by a drone in Marib.
Reuters could not verify these reports.
A Yemeni government official told Reuters that a drone attack took place in Marib, but denied al-Rimi’s death.
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