Two US officials are reporting that Sheik Sa’id al-Masri, al Qaeda’s chief operating officer, was killed a little more than a week ago. Sa’id al-Masri is the third in charge in the organization.
His death is said to be the result of a drone attack in Pakistan.
“Word is spreading in extremist circles of the death of Sheikh Sa’id al-Masri, widely viewed as the number three figure in al-Qaeda,” a US official told ABC News. “We have strong reason to believe that’s true, and that al-Masri was killed recently in Pakistan’s tribal areas. In terms of counterterrorism, this would be a big victory.”