Al-Qaeda confirms Abu Yahya al-Libi death

2012-09-11 11:25
Al-Qaeda's former second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi. (AP/IntelCenter, File)

Al-Qaeda's former second-in-command Abu Yahya al-Libi. (AP/IntelCenter, File)

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Cairo – Al-Qaeda's leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed in a video recording the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, a veteran militant said to have been a leader of the group's operations, and who had survived previous US attacks.

The US government said in June that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed Libi, dealing the biggest in a series of blows to the militant group since the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year.

"I proudly announce to the Muslim umma and to the mujdahideen [holy fighters] the news of the martyrdom of Libya's lion Sheikh Hassan Mohammed Qaed," Zawahiri said in the video.

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