| GEO World|
| Yemeni forces kill Al-Qaeda kingpin|
| Updated at: 1132 PST, Wednesday, January 13, 2010|
SANAA: Yemeni security forces have killed the head of an Al-Qaeda cell in the eastern province of Shabwa, the governor of the province said on Wednesday.
"Abdullah Mehdar was killed last night by security forces which had besieged the house he hid in," provincial Governor Ali Hassan al-Ahmadi told reporters. Mehdar was the leader of an Al-Qaeda cell in al-Houta region, in the province of Shabwa, 600 kilometers (375 miles) east of Sanaa. Security forces were hunting for the remaining members of the cell, Ahmadi said.