US drone strike on Syria kills Al-Qaeda’s second man

Members of al-Qaeda’s Nusra Front drive in a convoy in Syria (file photo) (Photo: REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi)

Mirror.UK – Al-Qaeda’s number two Abu al-Khayr al-Masri has been killed in a US drone strike in Syria, it is being reported.

Also known as Ahmad Hasan Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, he served as a deputy to the terror group’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

The 59-year-old Egyptian’s death was reported by a number of experts on Syria and terrorism, including Charles Lister of the Middle East Institute.

Photos and video posted on social media suggested he was targeted by a drone as he travelled in a car on Sunday.

Pictures show a Kia car on the side of a road with a massive hole in its roof, with footage showing the difficult removal of a body from the vehicle’s demolished interior.

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