Pakistan: No confirmation senior al-Qaida militant dead

September 16, 2011 08:15

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan had no confirmation on Friday that al-Qaida's chief of operations in the country had been killed in a recent drone strike in the northwestern tribal region, as reported by American officials.

Abu Hafs al Shahri, a Saudi national who had been serving as the senior figure in al-Qaida's central command, was the target of the drone strike which occurred within the last few days, two US officials said on Thursday.

"We have no knowledge of that," said Pakistan military spokesman Major Gen. Athar Abbas.

Intelligence officials operating in the tribal regions near the Afghan border also had no information on al Shahri. "We have neither heard of this man operating in this region, nor can we confirm his death," said one.

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