Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri killed in US airstrike: Biden

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New Delhi: US President Joe Biden said that Al-Qaeda Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a drone strike carried out by the US in Kabul. Biden in a televised address said that Justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more.

US President Joe Biden said that he hoped Zawahiri’s death would bring closure to families of the 3,000 people killed on 9/11 in US; he is the mastermind in the twin towers blast in US in 2001. Biden in a tweet said that the US continues to demonstrate our resolve and our capacity to defend the American people against those who seek to do us harm. Tonight we made clear no matter how long it takes. No matter where you try to hide. We will find you.

US officials said Zawahiri was on the balcony of his Kabul residence when he was targeted with two Hellfire missiles on July 31st, adding that President Biden gave his go-ahead to the operation on July 25th. Apparent photographs of the building show windows blown out on one floor, but the rest of the building appeared completely intact. Members of Zawahiri’s family were present at the home, but were purposely not targeted and were not harmed, officials said.

Zawahiri had been on the run for 20 years since the 9/11 attacks. He took over Al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by US Special Forces in Pakistan in 2011 and had a $25 million US bounty on his head.

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