The second-highest leader of terrorist organization al-Qaeda was liquidated in the Iranian capital Tehran three months ago. Four American intelligence officials confirm this to The New York Times. Afghan intelligence also reported the death of Abu Muhammad al-Masri late last month.
According to the Americans, Masri was shot in the street on August 7 by two hitmen on a moped. His daughter Miriam was also killed. She was the widow of Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden.
The newspaper’s sources report that the United States ordered the attack by Israeli agents. It is not clear exactly what role the US played. Al-Qaeda has not yet confirmed the death of its high-ranking combatant.
Iranian state media reported after the murder that the victim was a Lebanese history teacher, but that was a cover-up, according to The New York Times. Iran would have wanted to hide the fact that it was harboring an enemy of the United States.
Masri has been on the for years Most Wantedlist of the US FBI. He is held responsible for the attacks on US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, which killed 224 people and injured hundreds. There was a $ 10 million reward on his head.