Al-Qaida’s number three a co-founder of the terror network and Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law has been killed in Pakistan’s border area with Afghanistan, according to a statement attributed to the group that was posted on Islamist websites Monday.
The statement did not say how Egyptian-born Shaykh Saeed, whose real name is Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was killed nor did it identify a successor. Saeed was also al-Qaida’s financial director.
One senior U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity told NBC News that Saeed was killed in an attack by a missile-carrying drone aircraft. The strike was said to have happened last week.