By John Chimunhu|
Militant group al Qaeda’s ‘global operations chief’, Adnan el Shukrijumah was killed Saturday in a raid in north-western Pakistan, near the country’s border with Afghanistan, the country’s military said.
The senior al Qaeda militant was planning to bomb trains in New York and London when he was killed, the BBC reported, quoting the Pakistani army.
Shukrijumah was on the FBI’s most wanted list and had taken over the post once held by alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was captured by the CIA in a market in Pakistan. Shukrijumah was named as a conspirator in a case against three men accused of plotting suicide bomb attacks on New York’s subway system in 2009. He was suspected of involvement in plotting al Qaeda attacks in the UK, Norway and Panama.
Born in al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden’s home country, Saudi Arabia, Shukrijumah moved to the US when his father took up a post at a mosque in Brooklyn and later moved to Florida, the BBC said.
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