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HuJI commander Ilyas Kashmiri is alive and active: Report

By Tahir Ali
July 16, 2011 01:34 IST
Sources revealed that Mohammad Ilyas Kashmiri, the commander of Harkat-ul Jihad al Islami, who was reportedly killed in a United States drone attack in South Waziristan last month, is still alive, DawnNews reported.

Sources said that security officials of United States and Pakistan failed to confirm the death of the HuJI commander. He is still active in the border areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan, sources added.

Regional and anti-terrorism experts have long described Kashmiri as one of Al Qaeda's
main operational commanders.

Kashmiri was held responsible for a number of attacks in Pakistan, including the May 22 siege on the Navy's air base in Karachi and in October 2009 on the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi.

HuJI was believed by the United States to be behind the March 2006 suicide bombing of the US consulate in Karachi which killed four people and wounded 48.

The US Department of State labelled Kashmiri a "specially designated global terrorist", adding him to a list of high-profile militants.
Tahir Ali in Islamabad