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Al Qaeda Leader Possibly Killed in Northwest Pakistan

7:22 PM, Jun 4, 2011   |    comments
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A U.S. drone attack in Pakistan is believed to have killed an al-Qaida commander wanted in the 2008 Mumbai siege.

A Pakistani intelligence officer says there are "strong indications" that Ilyas Kashmiri was one of nine militants killed in a missile strike yesterday near the Afghan border.

A fax purportedly sent by the militant group he was heading says he was "martyred" and promises revenge against America. But the authenticity of the message couldn't be independently confirmed.

Indian officials have alleged that Kashmiri was involved in the 2008 siege of a hotel and other targets in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed more than 160 people.

He was also rumored to be a longshot choice to succeed Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan just over a month ago.

The U.S. had offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his location.

Associated Press, NBC

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