Pakistan kills Qaeda leader wanted in US for planning NY subway attack


Accomplice and local facilitator of Saudi native Adnan el Shukrijumah also killed in early morning raid in Shinwarsak area in South Waziristan

WANA/ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s military claimed to have killed a top al Qaeda commander – wanted for plotting to bomb the New York subway system – in a predawn ground raid on a militant hideout close to the border with Afghanistan on Saturday.
“Adnan el Shukrijumah, a Saudi national and senior al Qaeda commander, was killed along with his associate and a local facilitator in Wana, the headquarters of South Waziristan tribal region,” the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said in a statement.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Adnan el-Shukrijumah, 39, who it said was believed to be al-Qaeda’s external operations chief at one time.
Shukrijumah, who had a Guyanese passport, was the most senior al Qaeda member ever killed by the military.
The military said Shukrijumah had recently been forced to move by a Pakistani military operation in neighbouring North Waziristan.
Local militant sources from Wana said that Shukrijumah had escaped several drone attacks in recent months. “He took refuge in Wana to evade frequent air strikes from Pakistan’s armed forces and CIA-driven drones in North Waziristan,” a senior militant commander told Daily Times on the condition of anonymity.
In Wana, the capital of South Waziristan, all phone lines and mobile phone signals were shut down overnight and the roads were blocked, a Reuters reporter there said. The vehicles headed to a small house in a neighbourhood residents said was known to be sympathetic to the Taliban. The house had been used to shelter Afghan Taliban for years.
An Afghan neighbour said an Arab man had moved into the house nearly two months ago. The man only moved around at night and residents never saw him, he said.
Two intelligence officers said the militants opened fire on the Pakistani military and Shukrijumah, was killed in the ensuing gun battle. One soldier was killed and another wounded, the military said.
A military official said five other militants were taken into custody during the raid, but intelligence officials said they were Shukrijumah’s wife and four children.


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