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US strike may have killed second-ranking Al Qaeda figure

Attack occurred in tribal region of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The fate of one of the United States’ most dedicated enemies was the subject of mounting speculation Monday after a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal belt was said to have targeted Abu Yahya al-Libi, the Al Qaeda commander who escaped US custody in 2005 and became the group’s deputy leader after Osama bin Laden’s death last year.

Tribal sources in Mir Ali, where the drone attack occurred, said Libi was either killed or seriously wounded in the strike, which Pakistani officials said killed at least 14 people. It was the third strike in three days in the tribal belt.

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