Tehran: Israeli agents in Tehran were successful in eliminating Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah (also called Abu Muhammad al-Masri), the second-highest leader of al-Qaeda terrorist group, closely linked to the 1998 attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Kenya and Tanzania, reports from US media suggest.
The New York Times reported that Abdullah was killed by two assassins on a motorcycle on August 7, the 22nd anniversary of the attacks in the eastern African nations. The Israeli agents also eliminated Abdullah’s daughter Miriam, the widow of Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza.
The Israeli operation was likely carried out at the behest of the United States but the exact role of Washington remains unclear.
Neither al-Qaeda nor Iran officially confirmed the death of Abdullah. Instead of that, media reported that the attack in Tehran had left Habib Daoud, a Lebanese history professor, and his 27-year-old daughter Maryam dead.
Abdullah had been jailed in Iran since 2003 but was allowed to live freely in the Pasdaran district of Tehran at least since 2015.
The 1998 attacks on the US diplomatic missions in Kenya’s Nairobi and Tanzania’s Dar es Salaam left 224 people dead and more than 4,000 injured.