The AP reports that the person alleged to have plotted the murderous London bombings is dead and plotting again to kill has died. Story below the fold…
Abu Obeida al-Masri, an Egyptianchief responsible for attacks on U.S. forces in and linked to international terrorist plots, is dead, a U.S. counterterrorism official said Wednesday.
Al-Masri died of either hepatitis or a blood disease, in late 2007 in‘s lawless tribal area bordering Afghanistan, a second counterterrorism official said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.
The official said al-Masri was “a senior external operations planner” for al-Qaida. He said he has been linked to the 2006 plot to blow up multiple airliners with liquid explosives traveling between theand the United States and . He has also been linked to the July 7, 2005 .
In Pakistan, army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said he had no information about the death of al-Masri. Several Pakistani intelligence officials contacted by The Associated Press had no immediate comment.
Based in the mountainous Afghan province of, al-Masri was believed to have been in charge of planning attacks on U.S.-led coalition forces in the volatile east region of the country. Violence in southern and eastern Afghanistan spiked last year, leaving about 1,600 people dead, including a surge in suicide attacks — a change of tactics by the militants.