Rashid Rauf Was Target of CIA Predator Attack, Pakistan Officials Say
By HABIBULLAH KHAN, NICHOLAS SCHIFRIN and BRIAN ROSS
November 22, 2008
In what would be another major blow to al Qaeda, a CIA missile strike reportedly killed the long-sought British al Qaeda figure believed to have coordinated and planned the 2006 plot to use liquid bombs to blow up eight aircraft bound for the United States and Canada.
A suspect in a London terror plot Rashid Rauf is escorted by Pakistani police officers, unseen, to appear in court in this file photo taken Dec. 22, 2006 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Rauf was reportedly killed in an airstrike in Pakistan early this morning.
27-year old Rashid Rauf was killed, according to Pakistani officials, in an unmanned Predator missile strike against a home in the North Waziristan village of Khaisur shortly before dawn today.
A senior Pakistani intelligence official told ABCNews.com his death cannot be officially confirmed until the results of DNA tests are known because the bodies were burned beyond recognition in the attack.
But the official said the U.S. believes it is certain Rauf was killed.