Pentagon: One al-Qaida leader killed in Afghanistan airstrike
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says a U.S. counterterrorism airstrike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an al-Qaida leader responsible for a deadly hotel attack in Islamabad in 2008 and the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team.
In a statement Saturday night, U.S. defense officials confirmed the death of Qari Yasin.
Officials say Yasin is a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had ties to the group Tehrik-e Taliban and plotted multiple al-Qaida terror attacks.
Officials say Yasin plotted the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens. The bus attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore left eight dead.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Yasin's death "is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice."
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