30 May 2012

Al-Qaeda leader reported killed

5:04 am on 30 May 2012

NATO forces in Afghanistan say they have killed one of Al Qaeda's most influential figures there.

In a statement NATO described Sakhar al-Taifi as Al Qaeda's second most senior leader in Afghanistan.

He commanded foreign insurgents and directed attacks against coalition and Afghan forces.

NATO says Al-Taifi died in an air strike in the Watapur district of Kunar province on Sunday night.

But the BBC reports Taliban sources in Kunar deny Al-Taifi was killed and claim he left the area three months ago.

Al-Taifi replaced al-Qaeda commander Abu Ikhlas al-Masri who was captured in Kunar province.