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US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden’s Successor In Drone Strike

US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden’s Successor In Drone Strike

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US Kills Ayman Al-Zawahiri, Osama Bin Laden’s Successor In Drone Strike

Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda following the killing of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011

The leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has been killed by the US drone strike in Afghanistan.

Al-Zawahiri became the leader of al-Qaeda following the killing of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

President Joe Biden said Zawahiri had “carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens”.

“Now justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more,” he added.

Officials said Zawahiri was on the balcony of a safe house when the drone fired two missiles at him.

Other family members were present, but they were unharmed and only Zawahiri was killed in the attack, they added.

His killing will bring closure to families of the nearly 3,000 victims of the 2001 attacks, Mr Biden added.

Mr Biden said Zawahiri had also masterminded other acts of violence, including the suicide bombing of the USS Cole naval destroyer in Aden in October 2000 which killed 17 US sailors, and the 1998 attacks on the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, in which 223 people died.

He insisted that Afghanistan would never again become a safe haven for terrorists.

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