Pakistan kills key Al Qaeda leader

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s army has said it killed an al Qaeda operative, who was on FBI’s most wanted list of terrorists and had grown up in the United States.

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah, 39, was once indicted for his alleged role in a terror plot to attack targets there and in the UK. He was killed in a raid in South Waziristan on Saturday, Pakistani army spokesman Asim Bajwal said on Twitter.

Shukrijumah, a senior commander, is thought to have served as one of the leaders of al Qaeda’s external operations program, according to the FBI, hatching plots to attack the West.

He was indicted by New York authorities in 2010 over an alleged plot to have two men blow themselves up in the city’s subway system. The FBI had placed a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture.

Shukrijumah was born in Saudi Arabia, the eldest son of a Saudi Imam, and came to America as a young child. His family settled in Brooklyn, New York, where his father preached at a mosque. They lived at a nearby house before moving to Florida in the mid-’90s.

Shukrijumah worked at odd jobs, including selling used cars and took classes information technology and chemistry, at a small college in South Florida. He also took classes to improve his English.

The FBI says that after he left America, Shukrijumah started off as an al Qaeda dishwasher, doing menial tasks at training camps. But he rose in the ranks to a key leadership position.