Al Qaeda confirms death of top chemical expert Masri

Masri had been earlier identified as the likely target of US attack on a house in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, according to Pakistani officials.

Al Qaeda confirms death of top chemical expert Masri

Al Qaeda confirmed on Sunday that Abu Khabab al-Masri, a chemical expert, was killed with three other fighters in a U.S. air strike in Pakistan's border region last week.

Masri had been earlier identified as the likely target of the attack on a house in a Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, according to Pakistani officials.

An al Qaeda statement posted on websites said Masri, referred to as the expert, had left behind him a generation of students who would avenge his killing.

The statement, signed by al Qaeda's leader in Afghanistan, Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, named three others killed alongside Masri on July 28. It said some of their children also died.

On Saturday, a Pakistani Taliban spokesman denied a U.S. media report that al Qaeda number two, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been killed in the same U.S. missile strike that killed Masri.

Masri, a 55-year-old Egyptian chemist, was regarded as one of the group's top experts.

Reuters

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