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The U.S. Department of Defense has recently confirmed that a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike conducted March 19 in Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al Qaida terrorist leader. According to the DoD’s press release, Yasin was responsible for the deaths of dozens, including two American service members.
He was a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban and had plotted multiple al Qaida terror attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. Yasin was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed and six members of the team injured.
“The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” said Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis.
According to The Guardian, the DoD’s message comes after Pakistani security sources and Islamist militants said that a US airstrike in Afghanistan had killed Yasin, also known as Ustad Aslam.