Beirut: al-qaeda has showed that top leader abu khayr al-masri, believed to be the employer´s wide variety , was killed in an air strike with the aid of america-led coalition in syria.
In a announcement two branches of the militant organization, such as the effective al-qaeda inside the arabian peninsula (aqap), known as masri a "hero" and stated he changed into killed "throughout a crusader drone strike" in syria.
"all of al-sham (syria) will endure witness to the present day crime of the united states and the crusader alliance," the assertion dated wednesday said, in reference to the usa-led coalition bombing militants in syria and iraq.
It additionally expressed its condolences to qaeda´s present day chief, ayman al-zawahiri.
Masri is a son-in-regulation of qaeda founder osama bin laden and is believed to be zawahiri´s deputy.
A us respectable stated this week that washington was investigating reviews that masri have been killed in a us strike in or across the metropolis of idlib in northern syria.
The syrian observatory for human rights monitoring group said in advance this week that a february 26 coalition raid in town of mastumah in idlib province had killed masri.
Egypt-born al-masri, fifty nine, changed into one of the maximum outstanding figures in al-qaeda to have roots inside the era before the 9/11, 2001 assaults, in step with the soufan group, a personal security and intelligence consultancy.
His presence in syria´s northwestern idlib province underscores the importance that united states has gained in al-qaeda´s strategy, analysts stated.