FBI most wanted: Al Qaeda’s second-in-command ‘killed in Iran by Israeli operatives’
Known as Abu Muhammad al Masri, the 58-year-old is said to have been killed with his daughter, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s son.
By Bethany Minelle, news reporter
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah – al Qaeda’s second-in-command – is reported to have been killed in Iran by Israeli operatives three months ago.
Going under several aliases, including Abu Muhammad al Masri, the Egyptian-born militant had long been featured on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.
He was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle in the streets of Tehran on 7 August, at the behest of the United States, according to the New York Times.
Masri was said to have been killed along with his daughter, Miriam, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza bin Laden.
The paper says Iran‘s official news media identified the victims as Habib Daoud, a Lebanese history professor, and his 27-year-old daughter Maryam – however, the claim is that those names were simply an alias.
Masri stood accused of helping to mastermind the bombings of multiple US embassies in Africa in 1998.
The almost simultaneous attacks in Nairobi, Kenya, and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, killed 224 and injured more than 4,500.