Drone 'killed top al Qaida leader'
Published 09/12/2012 | 08:39
A US drone strike killed a senior al Qaida leader near the Afghan border, Pakistani intelligence officials have said.
Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, died on Thursday when missiles hit a house near the town of Mir Ali in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area, the three officials said.
They said al-Kuwaiti's wife and daughter were wounded in the attack. His wife died at a hospital on Friday in Miran Shah, another North Waziristan town.
The officials said al-Kuwaiti was buried near Mir Ali on Friday.
They said al-Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi, al Qaida's second in command who was killed in a US drone strike in North Waziristan in June.