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Al Qaeda leader killed in drone strike in Libya: Reports

Abu Talha al-Hassnawi, a senior member of al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate, was killed when a drone struck his house late Monday in Sabha.

world Updated: Nov 15, 2016 21:54 IST
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A fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front holds his group flag.
A fighter from Syria's al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front holds his group flag.(AP File Photo)

Libya’s official news agency says a senior al Qaeda leader has been killed in a drone strike in the country’s remote south.

LANA reports that Abu Talha al-Hassnawi, a senior member of al Qaeda’s North African affiliate, was killed when a drone struck his house late Monday in Sabha. The agency says al-Hassnawi had fled from the northern coastal city of Sirte, where Libyan militias are battling IS with the help of US airstrikes.

The agency says al-Hassnawi was previously a leading member of al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, and was a leading recruiter of fighters heading there.