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Al-Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, Sept 16, IRNA -- Pakistani media reported Thursday night that al-Qaeda's chief of operations Abu Hafs al Shahri has reportedly been killed in Pakistan this week.

Quoting US officials, Express TV reported that al Shahri's death was labeled as a blow to al Qaeda's core group present in Pakistan.

According to the US official, al Shahri played a 'key operational and administrative role for the group.'

“Abu Hafs al Shahri's death, said the official, will also pose a challenge for Ayman al Zawahiri, now al Qaeda's leader after Osama Bin Laden’s death in Abbottabad in May.'

The US official said that al Shahri was a contender to assume the group's second in command Atiyah Abd al Rahman’s duties.

Shahri 'coordinated al Qaeda's anti-US plots in the region, and worked closely with the Pakistani Taliban to carry out attacks inside Pakistan.'

The US official did not comment on the circumstances leading to al Shahri's death, however earlier this week, the media reported that at least three people had been killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan on September 11.

On August 22, another US drone strike in North Waziristan led to the death of al-Qaeda's second in command Atiyah Abd al Rahman.

Another senior US administration official confirmed to The Express Tribune that al Shahri had been killed in Waziristan earlier this week.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30566388

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