WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Pakistani intelligence officials are offering more details on the apparent death of the third-ranking al-Qaida figure. They say Mustafa al-Yazid died in a U.S. missile strike on May 21 in the North Waziristan tribal area.
The intelligence officials say they received word of al-Yazid's death last week and confirmed it by speaking with local tribal elders and Taliban members. But they said the sources hadn't seen al-Yazid's body and didn't know where he was buried.
The Egyptian-born al-Yazid was a founding member of al-Qaida. According to a U.S. official, he was key to the day-to-day control of the organization, involved in everything from finances to operational planning.
Al-Yazid has been reported killed before. But this is the first time al-Qaida has acknowledged the death, in a posting on a website. The statement said he was killed along with several family members.