Pakistani officials say senior al Qaeda leader killed in U.S. drone strike
In this Jan. 31, 2010 file photo an unmanned U.S. Predator drone flies over Kandahar Air Field, southern Afghanistan, on a moon-lit night.
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.