Pakistan: US Drone Kills Senior al-Qaida Leader

Posted at: 12/09/2012 8:20 AM


PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al-Qaida leader near the Afghan border.

The three officials say Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, died Thursday when missiles hit a house near the town of Mir Ali in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area.

They say al-Kuwaiti's wife and daughter were wounded in the attack. His wife died at a hospital Friday in Miran Shah, another North Waziristan town.

The officials say al-Kuwaiti was buried near Mir Ali on Friday.

They say al-Kuwaiti replaced al-Qaida's second in command who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan in June.

The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.

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