WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. counterterrorism agencies have concluded the death of Ilyas Kashmiri, leader of Al Qaeda involved in attacks in Southeast Asia and Europe, whose fate has been the subject of conflicting reports in recent week, official sources in the United States said on Thursday.
Pakistani authorities announced last month that he was killed by a U.S. drone in the tribal areas in the Northwest. His death was confirmed on the internet by the Harkat-ul Jihad Islami (HUJI), the armed movement linked to Al Qaeda that he directed, but the United States have found the document’s authenticity questionable.
In the weeks that followed, U.S. agencies have finally got confirmation of his death, said a senior official in Washington, without specifying what had made this confirmation.
According to the State Department, which offered five million dollar reward for information leading to his capture, the HUJI is responsible for a suicide bombing that killed four people and injured 48 in March 2006 the Consulate of the United States to Karachi.
The name of Kashmiri, which is a former Pakistani army officer, was also cited in the survey drive the attacks in November 2008 in Bombay, which were 166 deaths.