U.S. Counterterrorism Airstrike In Afghanistan Kills High-Profile Terrorist Leader Qari Yasin
By Department Of Defense // March 27, 2017
Yasin plotted multiple al-Qaida attacks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE) — A U.S. counterterrorism airstrike conducted March 19 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, resulted in the death of Qari Yasin, a well-known al-Qaida leader, the Defense Department confirmed in a news release on Saturday.
“The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice,” Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in the release.
Yasin, a senior terrorist figure from Balochistan, Pakistan, had plotted multiple al-Qaida attacks, including the Sept. 20, 2008, bombing on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad that killed dozens of innocent people — among them U.S. Air Force Maj. Rodolfo I. Rodriguez and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew J. O’Bryant.
Yasin, who had ties to Tehrik-e Taliban, was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore, Pakistan, the release said.
In that attack, six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed, and six members of the team were injured.
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