A US CIA coordinated drone strike has killed Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in Afghanistan reports the ABC, in what is considered the biggest blow to the terrorist organization since the killing of its founder Osama Bin Laden in 2011.
According to the media report, US President Joe Biden said the Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri will bring “one more measure of closure” for the families of terrorist victims.
Al-Zawahiri, an Egyptian doctor and surgeon helped coordinate the 9/11 attacks which saw four civilian aircraft hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center’s twin towers in New York killing nearly 3,000 people.
“Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Mr Biden said in remarks from the White House. “We never back down.”
US intelligence determined with “high confidence” that the man killed was Zawahiri, according to a senior administration official. No other casualties occurred.
“The United States continues to demonstrate our resolve and our capacity to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm,” he said.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid confirmed that a strike took place and strongly condemned it, calling it a violation of “international principles.”
“A house was hit by a rocket in Sherpoor. There were no casualties as the house was empty,” Abdul Nafi Takor, spokesman of the interior ministry, said earlier.