Al Qaeda leader Al Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan, and Biden confirms.
Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed by the US Central Intelligence Agency in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
US President Joe Biden confirmed this at a conference. US officials said on Monday, that this is the second setback for the organization since the 2011 killing of its founder Osama bin Laden.
Al Zawahiri had a $25 million bounty. Al-Zawahiri helped in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, in which nearly 3,000 people were killed.
According to the report, one of the US officials said on condition of anonymity that the CIA carried out a drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday.
At the same time, Taliban government spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid tweeted about this incident and wrote that an air strike has been done at a local house in the Sherpur area of Kabul and also condemned the incident of this air strike.
“At the end of the week, the United States launched an anti-terrorist operation against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan,” a senior administration official said.
Al Qaeda leader Al Zawahiri was killed: “The operation was successful and there were no civilian casualties,” the official said.
Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Taqor said earlier, “A house in Sherpur was hit by a rocket. But there were no casualties as the house was empty.”
A Taliban source, requesting anonymity, said there were reports of at least one drone flying over Kabul on Sunday morning.
The Rewards for Justice website said that Zawahiri, along with other senior al Qaeda members, planned the October 12, 2000 attack on the US Kol naval ship in Yemen, which killed 17 American sailors and injured more than 30.
In addition, al-Zawahiri was indicted in the United States for his role in the August 7, 1998 bombings on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, which killed 224 people and injured more than 5,000.