A U.S. monitoring group says an Islamist militant Web site has announced the death of the al-Qaida commander in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi.
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — One al-Qaida's top commanders in Afghanistan, Abu Laith al-Libi was killed, according to a Web site used by militant groups, reported the Washington-based SITE Institute which monitors the internet.
While the claim could not be verified independently, the announcement appeared as a banner in a section of the Web site reserved for affiliated militant organizations.
"As the banner was posted ... by a webmaster of the forum, it seems as if the announcement of his death has been confirmed to the forum administrators," noted SITE in its statement.
Al-Libi was an al-Qaida training camp leader who has appeared in many Internet videos and who the U.S. says was likely behind the Feb. 2007 bombing at the U.S. base at Bagram during a visit by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney that killed 23 people.
Al-Libi was a key link between the Taliban and al-Qaida.