US Officials: Top Al-Qaeda Leader Killed in Pakistan Drone Strike


Abu Yahya al-Libi (Photo: Al Jazeera footage)

Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in Pakistan on Monday, a US official has told the BBC.

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US officials said Libi was the target of a drone strike which hit a volatile tribal area of Pakistan's north-west, killing 15 suspected militants.

There has been no confirmation of his death from sources in Pakistan.

According to officials, he played a critical role in the group's planning against the West.

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