Adnan el Shukrijumah, a senior al-Qaeda militant, accused of planning to bomb trains in New York and London, has been killed in Pakistan, the country’s military says.
The military announced Shukrijumah’s death in a statement, saying that he was killed along with two other suspected militants in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal area early Saturday.
South Waziristan is part of the mountainous territory bordering Afghanistan that is home to various militant groups fighting both in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The FBI describes him as al-Qaeda’s global operations chief, a post once held by the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia and lived for several years in the US.
He was named in a US federal indictment as a conspirator in the case against three men accused of plotting suicide bomb attacks on New York’s subway system in 2009.
He is also suspected of having played a role in plotting al-Qaeda attacks in Panama, Norway and the UK.
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