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Al Qaeda's Libyan leader killed in drone attack, claims US

28 August, 2011

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WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda's Libyan leader Atiyah abd al-Rahman has been killed in Pakistan, the United States said Saturday, claiming another "tremendous" blow to the group following the death of Osama bin Laden.

A senior US official said that Rahman was killed in tribal Waziristan on August 22 after being deeply involved in directing operations for al Qaeda. The official did not divulge the exact circumstances of his death.

Local officials in the tribal region however told AFP last week that a US drone strike on August 22 on a vehicle in North Waziristan killed at least four militants. It was not clear if the two incidents were connected.

Rahman's death represents "a tremendous loss for al Qaeda," the senior official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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