Peshawar: An al Qaeda leader with a bounty
of a million dollars on his head was killed in a US drone
strike in Pakistan`s lawless tribal belt earlier this week,
security officials said on Sunday.
Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, an al Qaeda operative of Libyan
origin, died in a missile strike on Thursday, said the
officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Rahman was killed with three other militants when the
unmanned spy plane fired two missiles at a vehicle in North
Waziristan Agency, which borders Afghanistan.
The US had earlier offered a bounty of one million
dollars for Rahman.
The officials said another lower ranking al Qaeda
operative, Khalid Mohammad Abbas al-Harabi, too was killed in
the same missile strike.
The US has significantly stepped up drone attacks in
the Waziristan region since early September.
The increase in strikes coincided with reports that
Western intelligence agencies had uncovered a plot by
militants based in the region to attack major European cities.