Senior Al-Qaida leader, Qari Yasin, was obliterated by the USA in an airstrike last week, pentagon officials say.
This leader was one of those responsible for the deaths of two US citizens living in Pakistan. He was also involved in the 2008 bombing of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad that killed 54 people and wounded hundreds.
Yasin was involved in terrorist activities for nearly two decades, according to authorities. He had been a hard man to track down and kill due to his high-profile position amongst the terrorist group.
The Pakistani Taliban, mourning his death said that Yasin will be remembered “as one of the greatest trainers of explosives and electronics in the fields of jihad.”
The Daily Caller reports:
Yasin also played a role in blowing up a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009. The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in a statement confirming his death.
FDD experts also noted that the district in Afghanistan where Yasin was killed is well known for al-Qaida activity. The district shares a porous border with Pakistan, which is frequently exploited by the terrorists to gain sanctuary in Afghanistan.
Yasin was classified so dangerous, in 2013 he was the tenth most wanted terrorist in all of Pakistan.