Pakistan military: Top al-Qaeda militant killed

The Pakistani military claimed it had killed Adnan Shukrijumah. (File photo courtesy: CBS)

Al-Qaeda's head of global operations and top militant in the group, has been killed, the Pakistani military said on Saturday.

Adnan Shukrijumah was killed along with two other suspected militants in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal area early on Saturday, the military said, according to the Associated Press.

“The al-Qaeda leader, who was killed by the Pakistan army in a successful operation, is the same person who had been indicted in the United Stated,” said a senior Pakistani army officer who spoke on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to journalists.

Shukrijumah held a position that once belonged to Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The FBI lists Shukrijumah as a “most wanted” terrorist and had offered up to a $5 million reward for his capture.

Federal prosecutors in the U.S. allege Shukrijumah had recruited the three men in 2008 to receive training in the lawless tribal region of Pakistan for the attack. The New York indictment links him to the Manhattan plot and a similar never-executed scheme to attack British subways.

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