ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Army on Saturday killed a top Al-Qaeda leader, Adnan el Shukrijuma, in an early morning raid in Shinwarsak region of South Waziristan Agency.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement said that Shukrijuma had moved to the area after Pakistan Army launched a military operation in North Waziristan Agency code-named as Zarb-i-Azb against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.
The ISPR said that accomplices of the al-Qaeda commander were also killed in the raid.
The statement said that Adnan el Shukrijuma was a member of the core Al Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. During the raid, a soldier was also killed and another injured.
The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.
The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country’s busiest airport in Karachi.
According to reports, Shukrijuma was among the five men charged with plotting to bomb New York City’s subway system and attack an unidentified target in Britain under orders from al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.
Adnan El Shukrijumah, Adis Medunjanin, Abid Naseer, Tariq Ur Rehman, and a fifth man known as “Ahmad,” were charged in July 2010 with 10 counts, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and to commit murder in a foreign country.