Peshawar, Sep 29 (ANI): Al-Qaeda's operational chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan's tribal areas, security officials have claimed.
The terrorist group's senior commander-Sheikh Fateh- had reportedly been given the job in May, after Al-Qaeda's purported number three figure and Osama bin Laden's one-time treasurer Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was killed, The News reported.
Pakistani security officials said the Egyptian was killed on Saturday in a US drone strike in North Waziristan."Yes, he has been killed," one Pakistani security official said, on condition of anonymity.
Two other Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed his death.
"He was head of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan... Locally, he was known as Abdul Razzaq," one of the officials disclosed.
As part of its covert war in Afghanistan, the CIA has launched 20 drone attacks in Pakistan thus far in September, the most ever during a single month, and more than twice the number in a typical month.
The recent strikes have been aimed at several groups, including the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban, as the United States hoped to "keep the pressure on as long as we can," revealed an American official. (ANI)