Shocking images have been released which show the corpses of unidentified men hanging from a road bridge after they were publicly shot dead in the Al Qaeda-controlled city of Mukalla, just one day after group’s leader is killed in American drone strike.
Times of India The two ‘spies’ were later seen hanged in front of a huge crowd, beneath a banner reading: ‘The House of Saud directs American planes to bomb the holy warriors.’
A spokesterrorist for the group said the men had been accused of infiltrating the jihadist network to provide information connected to the death of Nasir Wahisi, a former senior lieutenant of Osama bin Laden.
Witnesses said al-Qaida gunmen in the southern city of Mukalla read out charges before shooting the two men, one of whom was accused of guiding the drone that killed commander Nasr al-Ansi and a media liaison known as Muhannad Ghalab in April.
Al-Qaeda supporters posted pictures online that showed the two men blindfolded on a sandy beach, said to be the site of a previous drone strike. Another picture showed a body in bloody clothes lashed to a pole, dangling off a bridge.
The killings came a day after al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, as the Yemeni affiliate is known, said its leader, Nasir al-Wahishi, was killed in a US drone strike last week.
Al-Qaeda captured Mukalla in April after Yemen’s army splintered between allies and opponents of Shiite rebels known as Houthis. But the city has proven to be something of a death trap, with US drone strikes in and around Mukalla killing not only al-Wahishi and al-Ansi, but also a senior religious ideologue, Ibrahim al-Rubaish.
In series of online postings, al-Qaida members said one of the two men shot dead Wednesday was a Saudi national loyal to the Islamic State group, which controls vast regions of Iraq and Syria. They identified him as Musaed al-Khaweitar and said he ran an al-Qaida-linked media outlet and was close to top leaders.
The second man, identified as Abu Ayman al-Mutairi, is also believed to be Saudi.
Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch is widely seen as the terror network’s most dangerous offshoot. It claimed the attack on the offices of French magazine Charlie Hebdo in January and has been linked to a number of attempts to attack the US.