Israeli intelligence services in August, at the request of the United States, killed a high-ranking member of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah in Tehran. The American intelligence services considered him the second person in the terrorist organization, which is responsible for operational planning in al-Qaeda.
This was reported by The New York Times, citing sources in American intelligence on Friday, November 13.
57-year-old Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was suspected by American intelligence agencies of organizing terrorist attacks near the US embassies in 1998. Then powerful bombs were detonated in front of the US embassies in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. As a result, 224 people died, including 12 Americans, more than 4.5 thousand people were injured.
According to the NYT, al-Masri was killed along with his daughter, the widow of the son of former al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden Hamza. They were shot and killed by two motorcyclists who fled the scene. Ahmed Abdullah was considered the successor to al-Qaeda head Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The American and Israeli authorities have not yet commented on the newspaper's message. At the same time, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzade denied information about the elimination of one of the leaders of Al-Qaeda.
вЂњFrom time to time, Washington and Tel Aviv, through lies and dissemination of disinformation in the media, try to show that Iran is involved in such (terrorist) groups in order to absolve themselves of responsibility for the criminal activity of this group (Al-Qaeda) and other terrorist groups in the region. вЂњ, вЂ” said the diplomat.
He noted that there are no al-Qaeda members on Iranian territory, and added that such accusations are part of the economic and psychological war against Iran.