Afghanistan-Pakistan al Qaeda chief `killed by US drone`

Al Qaeda`s operational chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan`s lawless tribal border areas, Pakistani security officials said on Tuesday.

Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 22:45 PM IST

Peshawar: Al Qaeda`s operational chief
for Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone
strike in Pakistan`s lawless tribal border areas, Pakistani
security officials said on Tuesday.

Sheikh Fateh had reportedly been given the job in May
after al Qaeda`s purported number three and Osama bin Laden`s
one-time treasurer Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was killed.

Pakistani security officials said the Egyptian was
killed on Saturday in a US drone strike on North Waziristan, a
hub of al Qaeda and Taliban commanders where the covert
American missile war has been concentrated.

"Yes, he has been killed," one Pakistani security
official said to a news agency on condition of anonymity.

Two other Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed
his death.

"He was head of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan,"
one official said. Locally, he was known as Abdul Razzaq, the
official added.

PTI