The region where Sheikh Fateh was reportedly killed, north Waziristan, is southwest of Peshawar near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan.
Although there’s no official confirmation from the U.S., Pakistani officials said Tuesday that a senior al-Qaida operative, Sheikh Fateh, was killed Saturday by an American drone attack in north Waziristan, according to the BBC. —KA
The officials said Sheikh Fateh took over as al-Qaeda’s chief of operations for Afghanistan and Pakistan in May after al-Qaeda’s number three leader Mustafa Abu al-Yazid was killed.
The US has frequently targeted al-Qaeda and the Taliban in North Waziristan.
US officials have said they cannot confirm the death of Sheikh Fateh.
He was travelling with three others when their vehicle was hit by a missile, said the Pakistani officials.