By Nasser Arrabyee/13/09/2011
The leadership of Al Qaeda in Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was seen in the southern province of Shabwah after they were defeated in Abyan, reliable sources in Shabwah said Tuesday.
The sources said they saw Fahd Al Qusu, Qasem Al Raimi, and Saeed Al Shihri along with tens of their companions including Saudis and Egyptians.
Many of those injured in the last battles in Zinjubar and Ja’ar were also seen in one car at least heading to Azzan town close to Al Huta, the stronghold of AQAP leadership, the sources added.
The top leaders Nasser Al Wahayshi and Anwar Al Awlaki were not seen with the group on Monday the sources said.
The sources declined to say in Shabwah he saw the AQAP leaders, and he said it was not clear where they were going to.
After the government troops defeated Al Qaeda groups in Zinjubar and Ja’ar, leaders and remnants of operatives escaped to their respective hideouts in other areas in the same province of Abyan like Hatat, and to other neighboring provinces like Shabwa, Hudhrmout, Mareb and Al Jawf.
Shabwah (Azzan and Huta and other hideouts) is considered the main stronghold of AQAP.
And Hatat in Abyan is the stronghold of the Jihadists of the Aden-Abyan army since early 1990s.