Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 February 2020

Al Qaeda claims Pakistan detained wife of chief Zawahiri

Zawahiri's wife was captured as she left the Taliban stronghold of Waziristan about a year ago

The current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al Zawahiri. AFP
The current leader of Al Qaeda, Ayman Al Zawahiri. AFP

Al Qaeda has accused Pakistani security forces of detaining the wife of its chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and two other families of the insurgent group's "martyrs" for nearly a year.

In a statement, the leadership of Al Qaeda on Friday alleged "treacherous Pakistani forces" captured Zawahiri's wife and others as they left the former Taliban stronghold of Waziristan bordering Afghanistan about a year ago due to continuous airstrikes.

It said: "We ... hold Pakistan's government and its treacherous army and their American masters responsible for their criminal acts."

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian, became leader of Al Qaeda following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALS. He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the region.

Updated: August 23, 2019 10:58 PM



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