Washington, Dec 12: A United States counter terrorism official on Friday, Dec 11 revealed that a senior al-Qaeda operations planner was killed in an American missile strike in western region of Pakistan during the week.
The al Qaeda operative identified as Saleh al-Somali was killed on Tuesday, Dec 8 by an unmanned drone missile, the official said.
According to US intelligence, the killed al Qaeda operative identified as Saleh al-Somali was responsible for the terror group's operations outside the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, reaching into activities in Africa.
The official who spoke on the condition of anonymitiy also said that the man was suspected of being involved in plotting attacks against the United States and Europe.
Somali was part of al-Qaida's senior leadership circle and had connections to other Pakistan-based extremists and his role was to take guidance from senior leaders and develop plans for prospective terrorist attacks, the official informed.