Pak military kills top Al-Qaeda leader: ISPR

10:28 AM | 6 Dec, 2014

The Pakistan armed forces on Saturday claimed killing an eminent Al-Qaeda leader Adnan-el-Shukrijuma during a military operation in South Waziristan agency.

According to the statement of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), Adnan’s accomplice and local facilitators were also killed in the operation.

The statement added that Adnan was a member of the core Al-Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. He had moved to South Waziristan agency to hide in a compound from North Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation, the statement said.

“A Pakistan military soldier was also killed and another injured during operation”, the ISPR stated.

The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.

The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

According to a Reuters report from 2010, Shukrijuma was among the five men charged with plotting to bomb New York City's subway system and attack an unidentified target in Britain under orders from Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.