Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri was killed in a US strike in Afghanistan over the weekend, American President Joe Biden said on Monday.
Zawahiri, an Egyptian surgeon who had a $25 million bounty on his head, helped coordinate Sept 11, 2001, attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the United States carried out a drone strike in the Afghan capital Kabul on Sunday morning at 6:18 am local time.
“Now justice has been delivered, and this terrorist leader is no more,” Biden said in remarks from the White House. “We never back down.”