Sources: US drone kills al-Qaida commander in Pakistan

Sources say Abu Zaid and 10 others were killed in a tribal area near the Pakistani-Afghan border.

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - Tribal sources from Pakistan's northwest said Saturday that a U.S. drone attack had killed a senior al-Qaida commander in the latest blow to the militant Islamist group targeted in similar attacks.

Abu Zaid was killed, along with 10 other people, in the drone strike on a hideout in Pakistan's North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan, early on Thursday, the sources said. Zaid had just moved to the hideout a few days ago, they said.

Pakistani security officials based in North Waziristan said they were aware of the death of a senior al-Qaida commander but could not confirm his identity or rank.

Zaid replaced Abu Yahya al-Libi as one of al-Qaida's most powerful figures in June after Libi was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

Unmanned aerial attacks have crushed al-Qaida's network along Pakistan's border with Afghanistan, but have drawn trenchant criticism in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Al-Qaida has been weakened steadily in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the killing of Osama bin Laden in a raid by U.S. special forces on a Pakistani garrison town in May 2011.

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