Al-Qaeda’s head of operations in Pakistan has been killed in the country’s tribal region as the already decimated leadership of the terrorist network suffered another blow.

Abu Hafs al-Shahri, described as a Saudi Arabian national who was chief of operations for al-Qaeda inside Pakistan, was killed in Waziristan on Sunday, according to US officials.

The death of another senior al-Qaeda figure comes after the killing of Atiyah abd al-Rahman, the organisation’s second in command, last month.

“It has been confirmed that al-Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri, was killed earlier this week in Waziristan, Pakistan,” a US official said.

“Shahri’s death will further degrade al-Qaeda’s ability to recover from the death last month of al-Qaeda’s number two, Atiyah, because of his operations experience and connections within the group.

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