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Top Al Qaeda figure Abu Muhsin Al Masri killed during arrest in Afghanistan

Afghan intelligence official says Al Masri directed the terrorist group's operations in the Indian subcontinent

Al Qaeda commander Abu Mohsen Al Masri was killed in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on October 24, Afghan intelligence sources say. FBI
Al Qaeda commander Abu Mohsen Al Masri was killed in Afghanistan's Ghazni province on October 24, Afghan intelligence sources say. FBI

A key Al Qaeda commander who featured on the FBI's most-wanted list was killed in Afghanistan on Saturday, a source at the National Directorate of Security told The National.

“Abu Muhsin Al Masri was killed during a special operation in Ghazni province earlier today,” the intelligence agency official said.

He said Al Masri, an Egyptian citizen, was responsible for the terrorist group’s activities in the Indian subcontinent.

Al Masri, who was identified by his alias Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf on the FBI's list of most-wanted terrorists, was killed in the Andar district of Ghazni province, the official said.

According to the FBI, Al Masri was "wanted in connection with his membership in Al Qaeda, an organisation known for committing acts of terrorism against the government of the United States” and was "believed to be associated with the countries of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Egypt".

A federal warrant for his arrest was issued by the Southern District Court of New York on December 27, 2018. Al Masri gave his year of birth as 1958, the FBI said, putting him in his early 60s.

Updated: October 25, 2020 08:53 AM

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