Al-Qaida Militant Said Killed By US In Pakistan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Still no official confirmation of a report that an al-Qaida leader may be dead after a U.S. drone attack in Pakistan.

Ilyas (IHL'-ee-uhs) Kashmiri was wanted in the 2008 Mumbai siege in India and was rumored to be a longshot choice to succeed Osama bin Laden. An intelligence official says Kashmiri was believed killed in a drone attack as he met with other militants in an apple orchard.

Senior U.S. officials in Washington, Islamabad and the Afghan capital, Kabul, said they could not confirm that Kashmiri was killed. Other Pakistani officials also said they couldn't confirm it.

If verified, it would be another blow against al-Qaida a month after the slaying of its leader. It could also help soothe U.S.-Pakistan ties that nearly unraveled after the May 2 bin Laden raid.

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