Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in Pakistan

Published December 6th, 2014 - 11:00 GMT

Pakistan’s military said Saturday that it has killed a senior Al-Qaeda leader wanted by the US over a 2009 plot to attack the New York subway system, AFP reports.

Adnan El Shukrijumah, one of the FBI’s most wanted terrorists, was hidhing in a compound in Shinwarsak, northwestern Pakistan, after fleeing from North Waziristan where the Pakistani army launched an operation against militant bases in June.

Shukrijumah, who was born in Saudi Arabia, is described by the FBI as “one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda’s external operations program” and is wanted in connection with the attempt to blow up the New York subway and other targets in the United Kingdom, as AFP reports. There was a 5 million USD reward available for information leading to his arrest.

Pakistan military spokesman Major General Asim Bajwa said in a tweet that five “terrorists” were also arrested during the raid.

The semi-autonomous tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have been a hideout for Islamist militant of all stripes for years. Al-Qaeda and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) along with foreign fighters such as the Uzbeks and Uighurs all reside in the tribal areas.

The US has pressured Pakistan for years to wipe out militant sanctuaries in the North Waziristan tribal area.

The Pakistani military launched a major offensive in North Waziristan in June and say they have killed for than 1,100 militants so far, with 100 soldiers losing their lives in the operation, AFP reports. 

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