Israeli operatives acting at the behest of the U.S. killed Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, accused of masterminding the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa, in a drive-by shooting in Tehran, Iran, in August, the New York Times reported, citing intelligence officials.
Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, who went by the nom de guerre Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was brazenly shot down along with his daughter, Maryam, by two motorcyclists in the streets of an upscale neighborhood in the capital.
According to a report by the Associated Press on Sunday, Maryam al-Masri was intentionally killed because the U.S. believed she was being groomed for a leadership role in al-Qaeda and intelligence suggested she was involved in operational planning.
Masri was one of al-Qaeda’s founding leaders and the most likely successor current leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the newspaper said.
Jihadists with ties to the al-Qaeda terror network executed a Christian missionary after four years in captivity