ISLAMABAD: US missiles on Thursday killed al Qaeda’s chief in Pakistan, one of the Americans’ main targets and wanted for attacks that killed scores of people, officials said.
Badr Mansoor, who reputedly sent fighters to Afghanistan and ran a training camp in North Waziristan, was killed in a pre-dawn drone strike near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials and a member of his group told AFP.
“He died in the missile attacks overnight in Miramshah. His death is a major blow to al Qaeda’s abilities to strike in Pakistan,” a senior Pakistani official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. His death was confirmed by one of his loyalists.
“Badr Mansoor was killed in the missile attack,” a militant among his group confirmed by telephone.
Intelligence officials in Miramshah, the main town of North Waziristan, said Mansoor had been killed, but other Pakistani officials were divided.
“We’re not sure. We cannot give confirmation just like that,” one of them told AFP on condition of anonymity.
Officials said Mansoor was responsible for attacks in Karachi and on the minority Ahmadi community that killed nearly 100 people in Lahore in May 2010.