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Al Qaeda chief of operations killed in Waziristan

Al Qaeda chief of operations killed in Waziristan

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Sep 16, 2011 - 12:52

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): An important member of the Al Qaeda network has been killed in a CIA drone attack in Pakistaninfo-icon's North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, a US official has claimed.

Abu Hafs al Shahri, the group's chief of operations in Pakistan, was killed along with several associates a few days ago, a US official said on Thursday. He also served as coordinator with the Pakistani Talibaninfo-icon.

Four suspected insurgents were killed in the drone strike that took place in the Asokhel area of Mir Ali sub-district on Sunday, a Pakistani intelligence official told Pajhwok Afghan News.

But Pakistan's chief military spokesman could not confirm the Saudi citizen's death. Major Gen. Athar Abbas said they had no information to confirm Shahri's killing.

On Tuesday, a senior US official has warned of launching an operation against the Haqqani militant group in Pakistan, blaming the network for the latest suicide attacks in Kabulinfo-icon.

Defence Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters in San Francisco that the rocket strikes in Kabul and a truck bombing in central Maidan Wardak province, conducted by the Haqqani Networkinfo-icon, were planned in Pakistan.

"We will have to launch an operation against the Haqqani Network in Pakistan," he said, without elaborating. The US would take any steps to prevent attacks from Pakistan against its interests in Afghanistan, he added

"I think the message they (the Pakistanis) need to know is: we're going to do everything we can to defend our forces," continued the former CIA director, who voiced concern at the Haqqanis' ability to hit US troops and flee back to their sanctuary in Pakistan.

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