A very young 8-year-old daughter of al-Qaeda ideologue Anwar al-Awlaki was one of the inhabitants who killed in a US raid on al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, as per the media reports. “She was hit with a bullet in her neck and suffered for two hours”, Middle East Eye quoted the eight-year-old’s grandfather as saying.
“The daughter of Shaykh Anwar Al-Awlaqi is martyred in the US raid in Yemen today. Obama killed his son and now Trump kills his daughter,” tweeted Jihadist group Al Maqalaat.
The attack that killed Awlaki’s daughter was part of a dawn attack in southern Yemen on Sunday. It killed a US commando and around 30 people including al-Qaeda suspects and civilians, said the US military and local Yemeni officials.
The bout was the first combat casualty of the Trump administration. Notably, it is first operation in the war-damaged Arabian Peninsula nation against an influential al-Qaeda branch that has been a common target of US drone strikes.
Around 30 people were killed, including 10 women and 3 children, said Medics at the spot.
Anwar al-Awlaki was an American and Yemeni imam and Islamic lecturer. But as per US government’s allegation he was a senior recruiter and motivator. He was killed in a US drone strike in 2011.