Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly died of asthma in his mountain hideout in Afghanistan, it is said.
Ayman al-Zawahiri took over from Osama bin Laden after the terror leader was murdered by US special forces in a daring attack on his compound in 2011.
Arab News reports that the terrorist, 68, died of natural causes related to asthma, citing sources in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The publication claimed that a Pakistani security official said, “We think he is no longer alive. We firmly believe that he died of natural causes. “
Intelligence officials are reportedly aware of the reports and are trying to confirm whether they are accurate.
Another source close to Al-Qaeda said, “What we know is that he had respiratory problems and died somewhere in Afghanistan.”
Other security sources were cited because they knew the terrorist was “extremely ill” and another claimed that al-Zawahiri was in “unstable health”.
His reported death comes second in the compliments Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammad al-Masri, three months after Al-Qaeda’s death.
Al-Masri was reportedly shot dead along with his daughter by two hitmen on a motorcycle in Tehran, Iran, in August.
His daughter Maryam – who was married to Hamza bin Laden: the son of Osama bin Laden.
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