MABAD - Pakistan Army Saturday said that it had received no information regarding the reported killing or wounding of Al Qaeda Deputy Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in a missile attack a few days ago, as a section of the US media claimed that the close aide of Osama bin Laden had been killed or injured in the strike.
The western media, earlier, reported the killing of al Qaeda chemical and biological weapon expert, Abu Khabab al-Masri, on Monday last along with five other persons in a suspected US missile attack in South Waziristan.
The US news channel, CBS News, however, claimed on Saturday it had obtained a copy of an intercepted letter dated a day after the attack, purportedly from a top Pakistani Taliban Commander urgently requesting a doctor to treat Zawahiri, according a foreign news wire service. "The letter, which CBS said was reportedly written by Taliban Chief Baitullah Mehsud, referred to Zawahiri by name and said he was in severe pain and his injuries were infected," it added.
Pakistan Army, nonetheless, said the report could not be confirmed. ISPR Director General, Major General Athar Abbas said no information had been received in that regard. According to CBS News the US officials said they did not have information whether Zawahri was present or had been injured in the strike on South Waziristan.
Baitullah Mehsud's spokesman, Maulvi Omar, also denied that Ayman al Zawahiri had been killed or wounded along with Abu Khabab al-Masri in the missile attack.
He said that Al-Qaeda Deputy Leader had been killed by them (Americans) several times. "Once again this claim is baseless," he added. "Baitullah did not write any letter to anybody. He never asked for any help or assistance," said Maulvi Omar.
A US-based terrorism monitoring group, IntelCentre, said on Friday that it "is aware of and has been monitoring for a few days now reports that Al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed or severely injured in the strike."