x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

US drone kills senior Al Qaeda leader in Pakistan

Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has killed a senior Al Qaeda leader near the Afghan border.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan // Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has killed a senior Al Qaeda leader near the Afghan border.

The three officials said Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman Al Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid Al Kuwaiti, died on Thursday when missiles hit a house near the town of Mir Ali in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area.

They said Al Kuwaiti's wife and daughter were wounded in the attack. His wife died at a hospital on Friday in Miran Shah, another North Waziristan town.

The officials said Al Kuwaiti was buried near Mir Ali on Friday.

They said Al Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya Al Libi, Al Qaeda's second in command who was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in June.

The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to brief the media.