US drone strike kills senior Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan

Last Updated: Sun, Dec 09, 2012 07:12 hrs

Islamabad: A US drone strike in Pakistan has killed Al-Qaeda leader Khaled Bin Abdel Rahman al-Hussainan, while he was having dinner after a day of fasting, the outfit announced on Friday.

"We announce the martyrdom of Sheikh Khaled al-Hussainan who died as he was having his meal and we pray to God to accept him in heaven," The Dawn quoted the terror outfit, as saying in the statement.

US television network NBC News quoted terrorism experts saying that the 46-year-old Kuwaiti militant, who was also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, was a second generation leader of Al-Qaeda. They said he was among those who could have replaced Ayman al-Zawahiri as head of the extremist network.

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