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Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri may have died in Afghanistan, says report | World News

Ayman al-Zawahiri, the chief of terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, has died in Afghanistan, according to a report. However, Al-Qaeda is yet to confirm the purported death of al-Zawahiri. According to a report by Arab News, al-Zawahiri reportedly died of natural causes. 

Arab News reported that Zawahiri died in Ghazni due to asthma. He had had last appeared in a video message on the anniversary of 9/11 attacks in the US.

al-Zawahiri had succeeded Osama Bin Laden as Al-Qaeda chief after he was killed in a US raid at his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011. Known to be a physician, al-Zawahiri was the founder of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ). 

Hassan Hassan, director of the US-based Center for Global Policy (CGP) said that al-Zawahiri had died a month ago of natural causes but it is still not confirmed, as reported by Wion.

al-Zawahiri is on the US “most wanted” list of terrorists. The US government has charged him of murdering its nationals including conspiracy to murder US nationals outside the United States.

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The US government has offered a reward of up to USD 25 million for information leading directly to the apprehension or conviction of Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

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