Saturday, Nov 22, 2008
A fugitive British terrorist has been killed in a US missile strike in Pakistan.
Rashid Rauf, 27, who was born in Birmingham, was killed along with at least three other militants in the attack on the house of a local tribesman in the North Waziristan area,
A US drone targeted the home in the village of Alikhel, part of a district known as a stronghold for al-Qaeda and the Taliban.
“The transatlantic bombing plot alleged mastermind Rashid Rauf was killed along with an Egyptian al-Qaeda operative in the US missile strike in North Waziristan,” a senior security official said.
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Rauf, who has been on the run after escaping from a Pakistani jail nearly a year ago, was said to have played a key role in a liquid bomb plot targeting transatlantic airliners in 2006.
Rauf, a British national who used to live in Birmingham, escaped from Pakistani authorities after appearing before a judge in an Islamabad court in December last year. At the time, he could have faced extradition to Britain within weeks.
This article was posted: Saturday, November 22, 2008 at 4:04 am