05 Jun '11, 3am

US missile likely kills top Pakistani Al-Qaeda chief

US missile likely kills top Pakistani Al-Qaeda chief

ISLAMABAD : A US drone strike likely killed Pakistan's Al-Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri, in what would deal a major blow to the terror network a month after Osama bin Laden's death, officials said. The 47-year-old is one of the most feared operational commanders of the network that Osama founded and has been blamed for a string of high-profile attacks on Western targets, as well as in India and Pakistan. He has a maximum US bounty of US$5 million on his head and Pakistani officials said he was the target of a US drone strike in South Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, in which nine members of his banned group died. His killing will likely be seen as a huge achievement in the United States after Navy SEALs killed Osama in Pakistan, itself feted as the greatest psychological victory over Al-Qaeda since the September 11, 2001 attacks. A senior Pakistani security offi...

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