Pakistan Tribal Sources say U.S. Drone Strike Kills al Qaeda Commander


Sreeja V N
IB Times
December 8, 2012

MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft.

A U.S. drone attack reportedly killed a top al-Qaeda commander in Pakistan Thursday.

In a blow to the militant group, its senior commander, Abu Zaid, was killed along with 10 others as the drone attacked their hideout in the Mir Ali area in Pakistan’s North Waziristan, Reuters reported, citing tribal sources from the region.

Zaid had reportedly moved to the new hideout in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan a few days before the attack. He was one of the most powerful al-Qaeda leaders in the region and became the top commander in June when Abu Yahya al-Libi, the previous commander, was killed in a drone attack.

The attack took place before dawn on Thursday, and the unmanned aircraft fired two missiles at a house, suspected to be a militant hideout, NNI reported.

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