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Death of senior al Qaeda Leader not confirmed

Latest Breaking News / Pakistan had not confirmed the death of senior al Qaeda leader Abu Hafz al Shahri on Friday, September 16, 2011, reported by U.S officials.


Abu Hafs al ShahriAbu Hafs-al-Shahri, who’s the national of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and had been working for al  Qaeda senior leader in central command; U.S claimed that he was killed in previous drone strike in northwestern tribal region.


The Spokesman of Pakistan Military, Major Gen. Athar Abbas give a comment on this issue that he has no confirmation or he has no knowledge of those killings.


Pakistan Intelligence officials working on the tribal region; they also don’t knowledge about Abu Hafs-al-Shahri on Pak-Afghan border area.


He also added that they never heard about that person who was killed as a senior al Qaeda suspect nor can they confirm of his death.


While U.S. officials refused to give exact details, the only drone strike this month occurred on Sunday when a U.S. drone targeted a militant compound near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan that killed at least three suspected militants.


If confirmed, Al Shahri would be the sixth senior al Qaeda figure killed by either U.S. or Pakistani forces in Pakistan since May with the death of their chief Osama bin Laden in a secret U.S. attack on a Pakistani garrison town.


Two Pakistani intelligence officials said two of the dead in that strike were Pakistani militants, but had no information about the third target. Another intelligence official said he was of Arab origin, but had no further details.


Taliban militants were not immediately available for comments.


Militants usually quickly bury their dead after drone strikes, making if difficult to verify that U.S. or Pakistani operations had succeeded.


As al Qaeda’s Pakistan operations chief, one of the U.S. officials said, al Shahri’s responsibilities included coordinating the activities of al Qaeda’s depleted central leadership with Pakistan’s principal network of Taliban militants, known as the TTP.

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