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Al-Qaida: No. 3 official killed with family

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Pakistani intelligence officials are offering more details on the death of a top al-Qaida figure.

They say Mustafa al-Yazid was killed in a U.S. missile strike on May 21 in the North Waziristan tribal area.

Al-Qaida confirms that its third-ranking official was killed along with members of his family.

A statement posted on an al-Qaida website describes al-Yazid as the organization's top commander in Afghanistan. It says he was killed along with his wife, three daughters, a grandchild and other men, women and children but did not say how or where.

A U.S. official in Washington says the death would be a major blow to al-Qaida.


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