THE US-born terror mastermind Anwar al Awlaki has been killed, the Yemen defence ministry has said.
The 40-year-old, who was born in New Mexico, was linked to the 2009 Christmas Day “underwear bomber” plot – a narrowly foiled bid to blow up a passenger jet approaching Detroit.
Awlaki was a major target for the US following the Obama administration’s authorisation last year of CIA and military attempts to kill him.
He was also linked to the failed Times Square bomb attempt in May last year and the November 2009 Fort Hood shooting, in which 13 people were killed by a gunman at the US Army base.
Awlaki’s death follows an unsuccessful attempt on his life on May 5. In that attack, US aircraft followed and fired missiles at a truck in which the terror boss was traveling.
The attack came just days after the successful raid on a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan which killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.