04 june 2011
Ilyas Kashmiri killed in US drone strike
HuJI confirms death of its chief; the Al-Qaeda leader was a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks
Peshawar: Banned terror group Harkat-ul Jehad-al Islami today confirmed the death of its commander Ilyas Kashmiri in a US drone strike, Pakistani TV channels reported.
HuJI spokesperson Abu Hanzala issued a statement in which it said it would take revenge from the US for Kashmiri’s death, Dawn news and other channels reported.
The channels said they had received a fax message from HuJI confirming the 47-year-old Kashmiri’s death. Kashmiri was the chief of the Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HuJI).
The al-Qaeda-linked terrorist was a key suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
BBC Urdu had earlier reported that Kashmiri was among nine militants killed in a US drone strike in the South Waziristan tribal region.
The US drones targeted a location 20 km from Wana, one of the main towns in South Waziristan late last night. A drone fired two missiles at the spot and two more missiles were fired after a short interval, local residents were quoted as saying by BBC Urdu.
Former Pakistani Army commando Ilyas Kashmiri is cited as one of the masterminds of a plot for a series of ‘Mumbai-style’ attacks in European cities and who forged close links with the Al Qaeda.
Considered one of the most dangerous terror leaders in the world, he headed “Brigade 313” that is believed to have masterminded the May 22 attack on a naval base in Karachi.
Heavily armed terrorists stormed PNS Mehran base in Karachi and destroyed two surveillance aircraft. The 16-hour long siege left 10 security personnel and four terrorists dead.