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Official: Senior al-Qaida leader killed in Pakistan

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- A U.S. government official says an American missile strike on Tuesday killed senior Al-Qaida operations planner Saleh al-Somali in western Pakistan.

Officials say Al-Somali was responsible for the terrorist organization's operations outside the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, reaching into activities in Africa. Officials believe al-Somali has plotted attacks against the United States and Europe.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss covert operations.

Intelligence officials have confirmed that the pace of attacks by armed unmanned aerial vehicles, conducted largely by the CIA, has increased during the Obama administration.

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