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Al-Qaida’s Saudi-born head of global ops killed in Pak

Saudi-born Adnan Shukrijuma was killed in the Shinwarsak area of South Waziristan tribal district. “His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid,” said a statement by Inter Services Public Relations.

The army said Shukrijuma was a member of the core al-Qaida leadership and was in charge of its global operations. During the raid, a soldier was killed and another injured. Shukrijuma was among the five men indicted in the US over a plot to bomb New York’s subway system under orders from al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan.

The New York indictment links him to the Manhattan plot and a similar never-executed scheme to attack British subways, according to media reports. The US has long said that he was a threat to America and put $5 million reward for his capture. In a 2003 report in The Washington Post said Shukrijuma as a possible terrorism organiser in the style of Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the September 11, 2001, attacks. Following Shukrijuma’s death, Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif tweeted that all terrorists would be eliminated from Pakistan’s soil.

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