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Al-Qaida No. 2 killed in Pakistan

(Xinhua)

10:53, August 28, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- The number two leader of Al- Qaida, Atiyah ABD Al-Rahman, was killed in Pakistan, reported local Urdu TV channel Express on Saturday night local time.

The report quoted a foreign media as saying that Atiyah was killed in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Waziristan on Aug. 22.

However, the foreign media report failed to say at what exact place and how the al-Qaida No. 2 got killed in Pakistan.

On the night of Aug. 22, the U.S. drones fired four missiles at two different targets in Miranshah, a main town of North Waziristan, a place bordering Afghanistan and believed to be a stronghold of militants of different terrorist groups in Pakistan.

During the strike, one vehicle suspected of carrying militants and a house believed to be a hideout of militants were targeted and five people were reportedly killed.

Local watchers believed that Atiyah could have been killed in the above-mentioned U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan.

However, there is no official confirmation about the killing of Atiyah from the Pakistani side yet.

Atiyah, a Libyan national born in 1970, was believed to have been killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan on Oct. 7, 2010. However, the information collected from the house of the former al- Qaida chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad of northwest Pakistan showed that he was still live.

On May 2, the U.S. special forces raided the compound of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and killed the world's most wanted terrorist leader hunted by the United States for ten years.

According to local media, after the raid on May 2 the U.S. special forces had taken away a lot of data found in bin Laden's house, which revealed that Atiyah was still alive and was working for Osama bin Laden by constantly traveling back and forth between Iran and Pakistan.

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