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Afghanistan: US airstrike kills terrorist leader

Afghanistan: US airstrike kills terrorist leader

India Blooms News Service | | 26 Mar 2017, 04:08 pm
Washington, Mar 26 (IBNS): The U.S. Department of Defense on Sunday confirmed that a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike conducted Mar 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al Qaida terrorist leader responsible for the deaths of dozens of innocent victims, including two American service members, officials said.

"Yasin, a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple al Qaida terror attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of innocent people, among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant," read an official statement issued by the Pentagon.

Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the team injured.

"The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.