The deputy leader of the Al Qaeda terror network was killed during an Israeli secret service operation in Iran, according to a report in the New York Times.
Al-Qaeda deputy Abu Muhammad al-Masri was shot dead by two Israeli agents on a motorcycle in Tehran in August at the instigation of the United States, the newspaper reported on Friday, citing intelligence officials.
Iran immediately rejected the report. There are no Al-Qaeda “terrorists” in the Islamic Republic, said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. The United States and Israel would try again and again to link Iran to such extremist groups through lies and misinformation.
Al-Masri, whose real name was Abdullah Achmed Abdullah, was the deputy of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri and was considered his possible successor.
He is held responsible for the deadly 1998 bombings on American embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, in which 224 people were killed and more than 5,000 others were injured. The United States had placed him on its Most Wanted Terrorist List and had offered a $10 million reward for clues about his capture.
Al-Masri’s daughter Miriam, the widow of the son of Al-Qaeda founder Usama bin Ladin, was also killed in the secret service operation, which, according to the New York Times, took place on August 7th, the anniversary of the embassy attacks.
The then al-Qaeda leader was killed in 2011 in a hiding place in Pakistan by an American special unit. He is held responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States. Initially, no statement was received from the security staff of the American Presidential Office.