US strike kills Al-Qaeda leader Qari Yasin in Afghanistan: Pentagon

Boys walk on a hilltop during Afghan spring and new year celebrations in Kabul.
Boys walk on a hilltop during Afghan spring and new year celebrations in Kabul.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The Pentagon said a US strike in Afghanistan this week killed an Al-Qaeda militant who was responsible for the death of two American service members and accused of involvement in a deadly attack on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's cricket team in 2009.

The Pentagon said in a statement on Saturday (March 25) the strike took place on March 19 in Paktika province and killed Qari Yasin, a "well-known" Al-Qaeda terrorist leader.

"The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said in the statement.