Taliban denies report of al-Qaeda commander killed in Pakistan

10:07, December 13, 2009      

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The Pakistani Taliban sources have denied the U.S. report claiming to have killed a top al-Qaeda leader in northwest Pakistan's tribal area, local media said Saturday.

The U.S. intelligence on Friday claimed to have killed top al-Qaeda commander Abu Yahya al-Libbi in a drone attack on a car in North Waziristan tribal agency.

However, the Taliban sources in the region denied the report, saying the two men killed in a Tuesday airstrike were Arabs and belonged to Saudi Arabia.

The American media quoting the U.S. intelligence sources claimed one among the two men, who died in the Tuesday attack, was in fact an important al-Qaeda commander, Abu Yahya al-Libbi. He was being hunted down since his escape from a U.S. prison in Bagram, Afghanistan in 2005.

After his dramatic escape from the highly fortified prison at the Bagram air base, the U.S. officials claimed, al-Libbi came to North Waziristan and set up his base camp and from there he used to send fighters across the border into Afghanistan to fight against the coalition forces.

Since Friday morning, the U.S. media have started speculations that an important al-Qaeda commander had been targeted in Pakistan. First they said a high-value target was killed in a drone attack in South Waziristan on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua
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