Washington: A US news channel has confirmed that Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, commander-in-chief of Harakat-ul Jihad-i-Islami (HuJI), was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan last month.
“CBS News has learned that a US drone strike in Pakistan in June killed senior al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri,” its website said in a news report.
Kashmiri was believed to be a key planner of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks and, according to sources, was also involved in planning terror strikes in Europe last fall, which led to alerts across the continent.
Most recently, Kashmiri was al Qaeda`s military operations chief in Pakistan, and was suspected of plotting attacks against US troops in Afghanistan.
The United States had offered a USD 5 million reward for information leading to Kashmiri.
Although US officials have not confirmed the attack, but the news has already been reported widely in Pakistan, with many Pakistanis welcoming the news, including lawyer, Fareed Abbasi.
"The killing of Ilyas Kashmiri is good for the country and the nation. He was a terrorist who caused damage to our country, our defence institutions, our nation and the humanity," Addasi said.