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'Top Al-Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan'

world Updated: Dec 11, 2009 16:46 IST
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A high-ranking Al-Qaeda terrorist commander was reportedly killed in an American drone attack in northwest Pakistan, the US official said.

Neither Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden or his Egyptian deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri were among those killed, Fox news reported, saying that the target that was hit was a high-profile Al-Qaeda operative.

In the attack on Wednesday night, the US drone fired hellfire missiles at a target in north Waziristan in which six militants were reported killed.

The Pakistani media report said that those killed included four foreign fighters, a term normally used to describe Al-Qaeda militants.

The New York Times quoting top US officials recently reported that Obama administration had quietly authorised a proposal by CIA to expand the use of drone to Balochistan, where US intelligence believes Afghan Taliban chief Mullah
Omar is hold up with his new 'Shura' (top council members).

Though the drone attacks started in Bush era, the Obama administration has stepped up their pace and recently these strikes have killed scores of top Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.

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