Al Qaeda leader killed

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi ministry of interior said yesterday that intelligence information confirmed the killing of the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq.

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi ministry of interior said yesterday that intelligence information confirmed the killing of the leader of the Al Qaeda terrorist network in Iraq.

Interior ministry official spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf said Abu Ayoub al-Masri, alias Shaikh Abu Hamza al-Mohajer, was killed in armed clashes with militias.

Khalaf said his corpse had not been found or identified yet.

An US military spokesman in Iraq identified "Abu al-Masri" as the likely successor to Abu Musab Zarqawi who was killed in June last year. - Sapa-DPA

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