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Pakistan Trying To Confirm If Drone Strike Killed Top Al-Qaeda Leader


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Pakistani officials say they are trying to confirm if a U.S. missile strike has killed a top Al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan.

News reports say Ilyas Kashmiri may have been killed when drone-fired missiles struck a house in the village of Gowakha, on the outskirts of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan late on June 3.

Kashmiri is one of the five most-wanted militant leaders in Pakistan.

He is accused is of planning a string of high profile attacks on Western and Pakistani security-force targets inside Pakistan.

Indian officials have alleged he was also involved in the 2008 Mumbai siege that killed more than 160 people.

compiled from agency reports
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