The leader of the jihadist organization Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Khalid Batarfi, was arrested last October in eastern Yemen, a UN report released Thursday said.
According to this report to the United Nations Security Council, Khalid Batarfi, said Abou Miqdad el-Kindi, who had taken the head of AQAP a year ago, “was arrested in October during an operation in Gheïda. (Mahra province), which also led to the death of the second in command, Saad Atef el-Aoulaqi ”.
AQPA suffers erosion among its ranks
The document does not specify by whom Batarfi was captured, nor what he has become since. However, this is the first official confirmation of this arrest, which has been mentioned several times in recent months but could not be verified.
“In addition to the losses caused within its command, the AQAP suffered an erosion among its ranks, due to dissensions and desertions, led mainly by one of the former lieutenants of Batarfi”, further indicates the UN report, which warns, however, against the constant threat that continues to pose this jihadist group well established in Yemen.