Bin Laden Successor al-Zawahiri in Karachi Under ISI Protection: Report
Wanted terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, a US media report has said.
This is for the first time in several years a news report has surfaced about the hiding location of the Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader, who is Osama bin Laden's mentor and successor.(Image: Reuters)
Washington: Wanted terrorist Ayman al-Zawahiri is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's spy agency ISI, a US media report has said.
"His most likely location today, they say: Karachi, the teeming port city of 26 million people on the Arabian Sea," the weekly said.
This is for the first time in several years a news report has surfaced about the hiding location of the Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader, who is Osama bin Laden's mentor and successor, PTI said.
"There are pretty good indications, including some of the material found in Abbottabad (Pakistan)," where bin Laden was slain, "that point in that direction," he added.
"This would be a logical place to hide out, where he would feel pretty comfortable that the Americans can’t come and get him," he said.
Riedel told the weekly that Karachi would be a "very hard" place for the US to conduct the kind of commando raid that got bin Laden on May 2, 2011.
According to the weekly, the US had an unsuccessful drone strike against Al-Zawahiri in January 2016. But the al-Qaeda chief survived, the weekly said, noting that its information was based on a source from Pakistan who requested anonymity for sharing the information.
The man added that "four of al-Zawahiri's security guards were killed on the spot and one was injured but died later." He said al-Zawahiri had "left the targeted room to sleep just 10 minutes ahead of the missile that hit that room."
The magazine said al-Zawahiri, now 66, has survived several drone strikes.
"Closed out of the tribal areas, al-Zawahiri was 'moved to Karachi under direction of the black leg,'" the Afghan Talibans code name for the ISI, according to the group leader who spoke with the magazine.
(With PTI inputs)
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