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January 21, 2022

Yemen charges alleged bomb plotter

Yemeni prosecutors Tuesday accused an American-born militant cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki, with incitement to kill foreigners, a legal action that reflects the government’s new found resolve to hunt down the notorious al Qaeda figure. Linked by U.S. authorities to Fort Hood shooting suspect Maj. Nidal Hasan and the suspect accused in the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt, al-Awlaki was charged in absentia at a court hearing in Sanaa. Two other suspected militants were charged Tuesday: Hisham Mohammed Asim, 19, of Taiz, was charged with al Qaeda links and last month killing a French national who worked for an Austrian oil and gas company in Yemen. He denied all the charges.

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