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Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma. - Photo courtesy: Wikipedia
Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma. - Photo courtesy: Wikipedia

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan army on Saturday said a top Al Qaeda leader Adnan el Shukrijuma was killed early morning in the Sheen Warsak region of South Waziristan Agency.

A statement issued by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said Shukrijuma had moved in this area to hide in a compound from North Waziristan Agency due to the ongoing Zarb-i-Azb operation.

"His accomplice and local facilitator were also killed in the raid," the statement added. Shukrijuma is the most senior Al Qaeda member ever killed by the Pakistani military.

The statement says Adnan el Shukrijuma was a member of the core Al Qaeda leadership and was in charge of all external operations of Al Qaeda. During the raid, a soldier was also killed and another injured.

The Pakistan Army had launched Operation Zarb-i-Azb in June against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan.

The comprehensive operation was launched a week after militants made a brazen insurgent attack on the country's busiest airport in Karachi.

Adnan el Shukrijuma

According to a Reuters report from 2010, 39-year-old Shukrijuma was among the five men charged with plotting to bomb New York City's subway system and attack an unidentified target in Britain under orders from Al Qaeda leaders in Pakistan.

Adnan El Shukrijumah, Adis Medunjanin, Abid Naseer, Tariq Ur Rehman, and a fifth man known as "Ahmad," were charged in July 2010 with 10 counts, including conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction and to commit murder in a foreign country.

The indictment said Shukrijumah, who is accused of being an Al Qaeda operations leader, and Ahmad "recruited and directed ... Adis Medunjanin, Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay to conduct a terrorist attack in the United States."

The New York plot was linked to the British plot by Ahmad, prosecutors said. Ahmad, an accused Al Qaeda facilitator in Peshawar, communicated with Zazi about the New York plot and with Naseer about a British plot, they said.

The FBI has long said that Saudi Arabian native Shukrijumah, who has a Guyanese passport, was a threat to the United States and there is a $5 million reward for his capture.

Shukrijumah has also been linked by US authorities to other terrorism suspects, including a group of men accused of planning to bomb fuel pipelines at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

A report in the Washington Post from 2003 quotes a senior law enforcement official describing him as a possible terrorism organiser in the style of Mohamed Atta, the suspected ringleader of the Sept 11, 2001, attacks. But authorities said they have no details on what kind of plot he might be involved in.

The report also said El Shukrijumah may have traveled on passports from Guyana, Trinidad, Canada or Saudi Arabia, the FBI said. He last entered the United States before the terrorist attacks in New York and on the Pentagon and left later that year, a law enforcement official said.

The El Shukrijumah family moved to Miramar, a suburb north of Miami, in 1995, according to Neville and Una Khan, who live in the same neighborhood and have known the family since the 1960s.

The Khans said that El Shukrijumah's father is a prominent Muslim leader in this suburb north of Miami and is the head of a prayer center, Masjid al Hijrah, next door to the family home.

Una Khan described Adnan El Shukrijumah as a devout student of the Holy Quran who worked with children at the prayer center. He tended to be modern in his thinking, she said. "He never indicated in any way that he was extremist. This is such a shock; this is something I don't understand. I can't believe it."

The Khans in 2003 said they have not seen El Shukrijumah for several years. They believe he is doing Islamic missionary work, though they don't know where. He was also earning money by selling Islamic books, they said.

Security man killed, 7 injured in gunbattle in Wana

A security man was killed and seven others were injured Saturday in a clash with militants near the town of Wana in South Waziristan.

Official sources said that after receiving reports about the presence of militants in Amaz Warsak and Sheen Warsak areas, forces launched an operation.

During the operation, security forces came under fire. Subsequently, one security man was killed and seven others were injured in the gunbattle.

There were also reports of militant casualties but the exact number could not be ascertained.

The information, however, could not be independently verified as journalists have limited access to the tribal agency.

South Waziristan is among Pakistan’s seven tribal districts near the Afghan border which are rife with insurgents and are alleged to be strongholds of Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, among others.

The tribal region was once the main stronghold for the Pakistani Taliban. The military launched a large offensive against militants there in 2009 but insurgents still operate in the area and periodically stage attacks.

Comments (77) Closed

AH Dec 06, 2014 01:02pm

One less tumor to deal with. Proud of you and your sacrifices Pakistan army.

Muhammad Iqbal Dec 06, 2014 01:07pm

Nobody has time to count the Al Qaeda leaders so far killed in Drone attacks and military operations. It looks like another Hitler formula, shouting that Britian has surrendered. But there was no media, electronic particularly and people were befooled. In todays electronic age, please dont throw such jokes.

Anon Dec 06, 2014 01:25pm

But Pakistan does not have any of those living....surely this must be an Indian conspiracy to destabilize Pakistan.

Ali Dec 06, 2014 01:28pm

Good work done by Pakistan Army keep it up.

Naxalite Dec 06, 2014 01:31pm

Welldone Pak Army!

Mamata_Begam Dec 06, 2014 01:41pm

So many terrorists are killed everyday, but still there are so many terrorist attacks. How many terrorists are there in Pakistan?

Mukhtar Naqvi Dec 06, 2014 01:46pm

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

What the? Dec 06, 2014 01:46pm


Paggri sanbhaal Dec 06, 2014 01:48pm


Rizwan Dec 06, 2014 01:49pm

What lies.... there are no terrorists in Pakistan.... all these guys have been smuggled into this pure land and then being branded as terrorists!! Its is a ploy of CIA/ Mossad/ RAW/ MI6 to malign the wonderful peace loving nation

Yusufzai Dec 06, 2014 01:52pm

What a great news. We don't want Arabs in our country to kill our people by using Islam and brain wash young kids. Bravo pak.

anshul Dec 06, 2014 01:58pm

When should we expect such news for JUD top leader?

Sunil Dec 06, 2014 01:59pm

One top Al-Qaeda leader killed, there are more to follow, there is nothing shortage.

Kamal Pasha Dec 06, 2014 02:08pm

There should be no mercy for terrorists at all and there should be no mercy for those also who do not condemn terrorism.

syed baqar ahsan Dec 06, 2014 02:14pm

Very difficult to comment but this high profile killing has some relevance with the extended visit of our COAS in USA.All remaining terrorist now have to count their days.

Rafiq Ali Dec 06, 2014 02:14pm

Good job.

Payal Dec 06, 2014 02:38pm

Great job by the Pakistani Army. Salutes to the Pakistani Army on this achievement from all of us in India.

Rizwan Dec 06, 2014 02:39pm

phew, we were on the right side of this one!

As this comes on the back of Gen. Raheel Sharif's 2 week long visit to USA, and John Kerry's recent favorable words about Pakistan, and renewal of coalition support funds, this may signal a very real shift in US-Pakistan relations for the better.

As for anyone who is upset that we are doing America's "dirty work," we should be asking why we are so "dirty" to allow Al-qaeda butchers to live safely in Pakistan. Getting rid of al-qaeda and jihadis is everyone's "dirty work."

Akhthar Dec 06, 2014 03:11pm

5 Million dollar's won by killing a inside man who didn't harm Pakistan. T'row if India pays 2 billion dollars, will Pakistan eliminate kashmiri terrorists from Pakistan?

Ahmad Dec 06, 2014 03:13pm

so are we getting the 5M USD bounty?

T. M. Reddy Dec 06, 2014 03:19pm

Pakistan is working hard to kill the killers. Don't know what can happen. These terrorists organizations are self replicating with no different aims but different names. The self replicating terror groups have no control.... GOK (god only knows)

Sandeep Singh Dec 06, 2014 03:19pm

Ok now Pakistan can get American aid.

Coupe Dec 06, 2014 03:22pm

Great work Pakistan Army and ISI, you have made Pakistan proud with your hard work and professionalism.

Usman Dec 06, 2014 03:24pm

Is Pak Army going to get the 5 Million $$ head money? They should.

Muhammad Omer Dec 06, 2014 03:29pm

Misguided youths, Its our fault they chose this path, we never cared much about our fellow countrymen living in poverty

Akram Dec 06, 2014 03:34pm

@Akhthar "5 Million dollar's won by killing a inside man who didn't harm Pakistan".Pardon me? Which planet have you been on over the last 5 years? Do you think he was sight-seeing in Waziristan?

AhmerNY Dec 06, 2014 03:39pm

Looks like Kery did twist General Saheb's arms.

mirza Dec 06, 2014 03:39pm

Why are we so greedy, some people are looking and thinking about $ 5m,is it not stupid ! Our people can think about money only !

Zak Dec 06, 2014 03:59pm

@Akhthar no, because this man is a terrorist who kills civilians for twisted ideology , while the brave freedom fighters of kashmir, fight against a foreign Indian occupation army, and they target the foreign Indian soldiers not civilians. Besides there is no monetary value for freedom. talk sense.

Zak Dec 06, 2014 04:01pm

@Muhammad Omer poor leaders , bring poor governance and corruption.

Zak Dec 06, 2014 04:08pm

Pakistan army is the most professional in the region and ranks top among the worlds best. Once they go in action, nothing stands in their way. Many more will fall to these brave soldiers. He was cornered by the SSG.

rasheed Dec 06, 2014 04:09pm

Nice Job... find and kill them all......

The Truth Dec 06, 2014 04:10pm

@Akhthar Pakistan is ready to consider India's good offer to eliminate terrorisim from Kashmir.

bila hussain Dec 06, 2014 04:11pm

army killing fake innocent tribal people for bounty

Saad Dec 06, 2014 04:18pm

Well done Pak Army. $5 million reward money should be given to the soldiers and officers who killed him.

Jay Malik Dec 06, 2014 04:22pm

This man was living with his family in USA. So many good hard working people want to live in USA and are denied immigration. But USA gives him immigration. This is happening again and again. USA needs to monitor mosques closely.

HK Dec 06, 2014 04:48pm

Congrats to Pak Army. Proud of you. Root this cancer out of Pakistan

aLi Dec 06, 2014 04:49pm

And when will be the likes of Shahidullah shahid and other actual TTP get touched?

Rationalist Dec 06, 2014 05:04pm

Good the $5 million guy is you should also kill the $10 million guy !!!

Ikram Dec 06, 2014 05:51pm

Too late now for the Americans to take credit for this kill. Keep it up Pakistan army, the whole nation supports you in your efforts to get rid of these terrorists.

Thiru Dec 06, 2014 06:23pm

Another fortuitous and timely head on a plate :-)

byju Dec 06, 2014 06:43pm

@Akhthar so you finally accept that there are terrorists in pakistan. well, better late than never

Shezan Dec 06, 2014 06:47pm

well done. we are expecting more good news like these.

Umair Dec 06, 2014 06:55pm

We all must commend the Pak Army for this sting operation. On the other hand the operation in SWA highlights that during Zar-e-Azb NWA was not sealed properly and Al-Qaeda/ TTP leader were able to hind in other pars of Pak/ Afghanistan. Comprehensive tracking of such suspects is required to uproot the evil form the region for good. Once again good job!!

Z khan Dec 06, 2014 07:27pm

@Akhthar what do you mean? He is a Saudi planning terror attacks on other countries while living in Pakistan. He is harmful to our entire nation.

Look at Afghanistan today, for the past 10 years they have been under US authority because a Saudi decided to bomb NY while living in Afghanistan.

Do wish the same for Pakistan?

M.M.Sherazi Dec 06, 2014 07:27pm

Pakistan Army has always been engaged in honourning the commitment of eliminating terrorism from Pakistan, such audacious efforts and sacrifices should be encouraged and corroborated in each file and rank of the global village. We feel proud to be protected by Pak Army!!!

Z khan Dec 06, 2014 07:27pm

Why are we only now seeing what he looks like?

yousuuf Dec 06, 2014 08:25pm

k. good but when will u eliminate hafeez saeed? he is also having bounty

MAlvi Dec 06, 2014 08:31pm

Who gets the 5 million dollar award now, and who's pocket it goes into.

AH Dec 06, 2014 08:37pm

@Akram - You made my day :-)

Sunil USA Dec 06, 2014 09:09pm

@Zak Please get your facts correct about Pakistan's intentions behind 1965 wars in kashmir? Read how Ayub khan started infiltrating the Pakistan army in kashmir .

Rahul Dec 06, 2014 09:22pm

@Zak You were obviously born after the Kargil war waged by Pakistan and understandably talk like a teenager who has had little, or no interest in History. So your Army is the best, that's OKAY.

khan Dec 06, 2014 09:24pm

There is no Al Qaeda in Pakistan.

Rahul Dec 06, 2014 09:35pm

@Zak You're right. Twisted idelogy is THE buzz word, and this idelogy is fast spreading across the border.

State sponsored militia is pushed into foreign country to kill in the name of movement, and those left behind jabber, instead of introspection.

pathanoo Dec 06, 2014 10:03pm

Good Job. About time. May be the military is serious after all.

najas Dec 06, 2014 10:19pm

@Zak Are you authorized to give ISO certificate in this continent? can you elaborate it pls...

Jeet Dec 06, 2014 10:34pm

Good drama.

Tanvir Dec 06, 2014 10:50pm

@Zak - So what is the US and Nato doing in AFPAK? If Indians are a foreign power / agressors, why not them?

Tanvir Dec 06, 2014 10:52pm

@bila hussain - Or to cover the COAS's travel expenses to the US?

Tanvir Dec 06, 2014 10:54pm

@Jay Malik - Thus make every muslim going to the mosque a suspect! as if they have no privacy rights?

Ahmer Dec 06, 2014 10:57pm

Thank you, Gen Raheel. Kill all, there are no good terrorists any more.

ranger Dec 07, 2014 12:14am

@The Truth in kashmir its not terrorism rather its freedom warfare and pakistan is doing nothing right now. Its all inside. If pakistan starts to support them you will see the big change. But like indian involvement in our territory continuously, we might think of supporting them.

Zak Dec 07, 2014 12:20am

@Mamata_Begam as many India funds and sends, we deal with. When you stop sending, then no more terrorist.

AA Dec 07, 2014 12:23am

@khan That's a joke of the year

Zak Dec 07, 2014 12:23am

@najas just one look at the performance of the other armies in the region and what is said by independent foreign experts. And of course performance which is for all to see.

Zak Dec 07, 2014 12:25am

@Rahul except of course the brave freedom movements in,indian occupied like kashmir.

Payal Dec 07, 2014 12:30am

@Zak Agree with you on this. Pakistani Army is indeed the most battle hardened Army in the region and their victory against this terrorist is applauded by everyone in India.

Ali-Indian Dec 07, 2014 12:37am

@Zak You look like brilliant chap consider enrolling to JuD/Al-quida/ISIS you have a very bright future there

And those organizations would be very Happy to have an educated Illiterate among them :)

Ali-Indian Dec 07, 2014 12:39am

@Zak your a true Pakistani dude keep up the good work !!

Shehroz Dec 07, 2014 01:35am

last week COAS Sharif was in Pentagon and today a very important Al Qaida leader hunted down. very quick response. now nobody can stop US aid. question is he really killed in SW or in Rawalpindi as Pak army don't need him anymore.

Mehtab Dec 07, 2014 04:56am

Wrong policies of past.....gene is now out of the bottle

fida sayani Dec 07, 2014 04:57am

@Yusufzai do not be thankless, how many times your big brother has send you zakat to salvage your nation.

brmurr Dec 07, 2014 06:21am

@khan That's a good one! I'm glad somebody remembered.

brmurr Dec 07, 2014 06:22am

@khan That's a good one! I'm glad somebody remembered.

brmurr Dec 07, 2014 06:34am

@Ikram The Americans aren't interested in taking credit. They're happy to see Pakistan take credit and are looking forward to see them take credit everyday until all terrorists in Pakistan are dead. Keep up the good work!

Syed Salman Haider Dec 07, 2014 07:20am

@pathanoo If you think Pak Army is "finally" serious after sacrificing more than 5000 of its own soldiers then you are right otherwise i think you were born just yesterday

Muhib Dec 07, 2014 08:20am

what is ispr?