Ilyas Kashmiri, a senior al Qaeda who was one of Pakistan’s top militants, was killed by U.S drone missile strike in tribal region of South Waziristan (Pakistan) during an overnight strike. He is reported to be one of the 9 people killed in the attack.
Ilyas Kashmiri headed a group that specialises in co-ordinated multiple strikes on targets, and was a key commander in al-Qaeda.
The US blames him for organising attacks in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India – and has offered its maximum reward for a most-wanted target, $5m (£3.04m).
Ilyas Kashmiri had been leading a group called the 313 brigade, which is reported to be a unit of the banned Pakistani organisation Harkatul Jihad al-Islami.
He is widely believed to have masterminded an audacious attack on the Mehran naval airbase in Karachi last month, in which six well-organised militants managed to hold off Pakistan’s equivalent of the US Navy Seals for 15 hours.
In September 2009, Pakistani intelligence officials wrongly claimed that Kashmiri had died in a US drone attack. But this time the report has been confirmed by spokesman of 313 brigade.