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Senior Al Qaeda member dead in Waziristan strike

Senior Al Qaeda member dead in Waziristan strike

Jan 20, 2012 - 15:08

ISLAMABAD (PANinfo-icon): A senior Al Qaeda member was killed in a recent US drone attack in Pakistaninfo-icon's North Waziristan tribal region, near the Afghanistaninfo-icon border, a media report said on Friday.

US authorities claimed the militant leader, Aslam Awan, was killed in a January 10 an airstrike in the restive tribal belt, where a number of senior Al Qaeda and Talibaninfo-icon figures have been killed and detained.

Aslam Awan, alias Abdullah Khurasani, was resident of the Abbottabad city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The man had served also as a medical officer for some time in Egypt, the report said.

According to the Reuters news agency, Awan was a significant figure in the remaining core leadership of Al Qaeda. He was an associate of the group's present chief of externalinfo-icon operations.

An unnamed US official was quoted as saying: "Aslam Awan was a senior Al Qaeda external operations planner who was working on attacks against the West. His death reduces al-Qaeda’s thinning bench of another operative devoted to plotting the death of innocent civilians."



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