WASHINGTON DC, – The United States (US) on Monday (1/8/2022) announced that Ayman Al Zawahiri, the leader of Al Qaeda, had been killed in Afghanistan.
Ayman Al Zawahiri is an Egyptian surgeon who is one of the most wanted terrorists in the world. He is cited as the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 or 9/11 attacks in the US that killed nearly 3,000 people.
He later became a fugitive and took over the leadership of Al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in 2011. The US set a price of 25 million dollars for his head.
The New York Times, Washington Post and CNN were among the news agencies that reported his identity, citing unnamed sources.
The attack that left the Al Qaeda leader dead was the first cross-border by the United States against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan since American troops withdrew from the country on August 31, 2021.
However, the US did not specify where the operation that killed Ayman Al Zawahiri was carried out.
On Saturday (30/7/2022), Afghanistan’s Ministry of Interior denied reports circulating on social media of drone attacks in Kabul.
Afghanistan’s interior ministry told AFP news agency that a rocket hit an empty house in the capital but caused no casualties.
Furthermore, on Tuesday (2/8/2022) in Kabul, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid tweeted that the air strike was carried out on a residence in the Sherpur area of the city.
“The nature of the incident was not revealed at first. The security and intelligence services of the Islamic Emirate investigated the incident and found in their initial investigation that the attack was carried out by an American drone,” he tweeted.
In recent months, the Taliban has largely banned the media from covering the aftermath of security incidents and has often denied or downplayed the possibility of casualties.
The AFP reports that the death of the Al Qaeda leader will be announced by US President Joe Biden in a speech on Monday evening local time.