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Militant killed in drone strike in Pak was senior al Qaeda leader: US official

Washington, Fri, 20 Jan 2012 ANI

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A senior operations organiser of the al Qaeda was among those killed in one of two US drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a US official has said.


The Dawn quoted US and Pakistani sources, as saying that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a US commando team.


They said he was targeted in a strike by a US-operated drone on January 10 apparently at a compound near the town of Miramshah in the border province of North Waziristan.


The sources described Awan, who also was known by the nom-de-guerre Abdullah Khorasani, as a significant figure in the remaining core leadership of al Qaeda, which US officials say has been sharply reduced by the drone campaign.


"Aslam Awan was a senior al-Qaeda external operations planner who was working on attacks against the West. His death reduces al-Qaeda's thinning bench of another operative devoted to plotting the death of innocent civilians," a US official said.


Although the US official confirmed the killing, Pakistani officials were not sure about it. (ANI)


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