Top Al Qaeda Terrorist Killed In Iran By Israeli Operatives: Report
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah was assassinated by two guys on a motorcycle in Tehran (Representational)
Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, implicated of assisting to mastermind the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa, was eliminated in Iran in August by Israeli operatives acting at the request of the United States, the New york city Times reported on Friday, pointing out intelligence officials.
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was assassinated by 2 males on a bike in Tehran more than 3 months back, the Times reported.
The killing of Masri, who was viewed as a likely successor to al Qaeda’s present leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, was concealed until now, the newspaper stated.
It was unclear what if any function the United States had in the Aug. 7 killing of the Egyptian-born terrorist, the Times stated. US authorities had actually been tracking Masri and other al Qaeda operatives in Iran for many years, it stated.
A United States authorities, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, declined to verify any of the information in the Times’ story or say whether there was any United States involvement. The White House National Security Council did not instantly react to an ask for remark.
Masri was eliminated together with his child, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s kid Hamza bin Laden, the Times reported.
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, was eliminated in an US raid in Pakistan in 2011.
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