Islamabad: Al Qaeda's chief in Pakistan, who once fought in Jammu and Kashmir, was among four terrorists killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's restive North Waziristan tribal region on Thursday.
Badar Mansoor, a former commander of the banned Harkat-ul-Mujahideen militant group that was active in Kashmir, was killed with three others when a spy plane fired two missiles at a compound in Miranshah, the main town of North Waziristan tribal agency early this morning, officials were quoted as saying by TV news channels.
Media reports described Mansoor as al Qaeda's chief in Pakistan. He was a key target for the US and was wanted for several attacks.
This was the second drone attack since yesterday, when 10 militants were killed in a strike near Miranshah.
Pakistani Taliban militants had begun hiding in buildings they had rented in Miranshah, officials were quoted as saying.
Mansoor, who served as a conduit between the Taliban and al Qaeda, reportedly ran a training camp in North Waziristan, from where he sent militants to Afghanistan.
Mansoor belonged to Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province and had close links with the Punjabi Taliban.