Pakistani officials: Key al Qaeda figure killed


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(CNN) — Key al Qaeda figure Umar Farooq was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan on Sunday, Pakistani intelligence officials told CNN.

Farooq, who also went by the alias Ustad Farooq, was believed to be in charge of al Qaeda’s operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He also served as a spokesman for al Qaeda.

The attack took place when two missiles struck a compound in Datta Khel, killing Farooq and four suspected militants, the officials said.

However, Pakistani military said media reports of drone strikes were wrong.

“There was no drone strike inside Pakistan territory today,” the military said in a statement.

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