Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): A senior operations organiser of the al Qaeda was among those killed in one of two US drone strikes launched against targets inside Pakistan last week, a US official has said.
The Dawn quoted US and Pakistani sources, as saying that the target of the attack was Aslam Awan, a Pakistani national from Abbottabad, where Osama bin Laden was killed last May by a US commando team.
They said he was targeted in a strike by a US-operated drone on January 10 apparently at a compound near the town of Miramshah in the border province of North Waziristan.
The sources described Awan, who also was known by the nom-de-guerre Abdullah Khorasani, as a significant figure in the remaining core leadership of al Qaeda, which US officials say has been sharply reduced by the drone campaign.
"Aslam Awan was a senior al-Qaeda external operations planner who was working on attacks against the West. His death reduces al-Qaeda's thinning bench of another operative devoted to plotting the death of innocent civilians," a US official said.
Although the US official confirmed the killing, Pakistani officials were not sure about it. (ANI)
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