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ABDUL GHANI KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN

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NATO in Afghanistan said, on Tuesday 04/26/2011, they have killed their number two insurgent target in the country – senior Al Qaeda leader Abdul Ghani, whose real name was Saleh Naiv Almakhlvi..

Abdul Ghani, a Saudi citizen also known as Abu Hafs al-Najdi, from Najed, the province in Saudi Arabia where the Capital Riyadh is located, died in an air strike ON 04/13/2011, in Kunar province, near Pakistan, after he met another top Al Qaeda leader named Waqas, who was also killed. NATO-ISAF said.

Abdul Ghani – Abu Hafs al-Najdi, ran training camps and planned attacks on tribal leaders and foreigners, the NATO statement said. NATO estimates some 100 Al Qaeda members still operate in Afghanistan.

The alliance says it has killed more than 25 Al Qaeda leaders and fighters in the past month. There is no independent confirmation of the claim.

Abdul Ghani has been blamed for a number of high-profile attacks – including the death of Malik Zarin, a tribal leader in the east who was a close ally of President Hamid Karzai (see – Kunar 04.13.11). Abdul Ghani is also accused of mounting attacks against foreigners, including US officials.

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Abdul Ghani controlled a network of insurgents that targeted security forces outposts throughout Kunar province.

“Abdul Ghani commonly instructed subordinate leaders to conduct kidnapping operations against foreigners… and he was responsible for directing suicide bomb attacks targeting US government officials,” ISAF’s statement said.

NATO has been pursuing Abdul Ghani since 2007. He is also number 23 on a Saudi list of most wanted militants issued in 02/2009 (see – 83 Wanted List).

Separately, Afghan officials say they have recaptured 65 of the more than 470 prisoners who escaped from Kandahar prison on Sunday night. Most were Taliban fighters (see – Kandahar-Escape).
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