Pakistani officials say senior al Qaeda leader killed in U.S. drone strike
An unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night, Jan. 31, 2010. (AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth)
Published Sunday, December 9, 2012 8:16AM EST
PESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed a senior al Qaeda leader near the Afghan border.
The three officials say Sheikh Khalid bin Abdel Rehman al-Hussainan, also known as Abu Zaid al-Kuwaiti, died Thursday when missiles hit a house near the town of Mir Ali in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area.
They say al-Kuwaiti's wife and daughter were wounded in the attack. His wife died at a hospital Friday in Miran Shah, another North Waziristan town.
The officials say al-Kuwaiti was buried near Mir Ali on Friday.
They say al-Kuwaiti replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi, al Qaeda's second in command who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan in June.
The officials spoke Sunday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media.