Government Report: "Top al-Qaida Commander Dead"

A U.S. government official says a top al-Qaida commander was killed by an airstrike in Pakistan late Monday or early Tuesday.

The official says Abu Laith al-Libi, was killed by an unmanned drone. The attack happened at a site in north Waziristan, a lawless tribal area that borders Afghanistan.

The drone, known as Predator, is a remotely piloted reconaissance
aircraft that can be armed with anti-tank missiles. It was
developed by the CIA.

The U.S says al-Libi, whose name means "the Libyan," was
probably behind a February 2007 bombing at the U.S. base at Bagram,
Afghanistan that killed 23 people. Vice President Cheney was
visiting the facility at the time.

An intelligence official in the area says the strike against
al-Libi killed at least 12 people including Arabs, Turkeman from
central Asia and local Taliban members.

A Web site that frequently carries announcements from militant
groups said al-Libi had been "martyred."


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