US airstrike kills al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan

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al-Qaeda leader Qari Yasin was killed by a US airstrike on 19 March, 2017. File photo

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The U.S. Department of Defense has confirmed that a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike, conducted on March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al-Qaida terrorist leader.

Yasin was responsible for the deaths of dozens in Afghanistan, including two American service members.

“Yasin, a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple al-Qaida terror attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of innocent people, among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and Navy Cryptologic Technician Third Class Petty Officer Matthew J. O’Bryant,” the U.S. Department of Defense said.

“Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the team injured,” it added.

“The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.

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