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Pakistan: Top Al Qaeda Militant Killed In US Drone Strike


Ilyas Kashmiri, one of Al Qaeda’s most dangerous leaders blamed for several high-profile attacks in Pakistan and India, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region, a statement by his militant organization Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islam said on Saturday.

“We confirm that our Amir (leader) and commander in chief, Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, along with other companions, was martyred in an American drone strike on June 3, 2011, at 11:15 pm,” Abu Hanzla Kashir, a spokesman for Harakat-ul-Jihad al-Islam, said in a statement faxed to a Pakistani television station.


If borne out, this would be the second extraordinary intelligence coup for the United States after U.S. Navy Seals shot dead Osama bin Laden in a town close to Islamabad on May 2.

Kashmiri was thought to take his orders directly from bin Laden.

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One thought on “Pakistan: Top Al Qaeda Militant Killed In US Drone Strike

  • June 6, 2011 at 10:36 am

    After watching the operation Kakul and taking part in operation Mehran.Ilyas Kashmiri decides
    to stage his own death? Unless and until his body is not recovered for postmortem,we will have the same situation as in the case of OBL.
    The majority believes that he died between 2001 and 2004.


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