Iran yesterday denied reports that al-Qaeda’s second-in-command — suspected of being deeply involved in attacks on American embassies in the 1990s — had been gunned down by Israeli operatives in a wealthy district of Tehran three months ago alongside Osama Bin Laden’s daughter-in-law.
The plot to kill Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, also known as Abu Muhammed al-Masri, was carried out by Israel at the behest of America, according to an article in The New York Times, citing multiple intelligence sources. It said that the killing had since been covered up.
Iranian officials still vociferously denied yesterday that al-Masri was killed, comparing the report to a “Hollywood script”. Yet the details match closely with the modus operandi of Israeli intelligence services.
The assassination took place on August