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US airstrike kills senior al-Qaida leader in Afghanistan: Pentagon

WASHINGTON: A senior al-Qaida leader, Qari Yasin was killed in an airstrike on March 19 in Afghanistan, claimed Pentagon on Saturday.

The Pentagon said in a statement that Qari Yasin was killed in Paktika province. US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said, ” The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice.”

He said in the statement that Yasin was responsible for a 2008 bombing on a hotel in Islamabad, which killed dozens of people including two American service members.

Pakistan had offered a bounty of two million rupees for Yasin over his alleged involvement in a deadly attack on bus carrying Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.