The death of the “most dangerous terrorist” has been confirmed.
Several sources have confirmed Ibrahim al-Asiri was killed in a 2017 drone strike.
Al-Qaida Bomb Master
The tag of “most dangerous terrorist” was well-earned by al-Asiri.
Among other attacks, he was one of the main culprits behind the Christmas Day plot in 2009.
In that plot, they targeted an airliner in Detroit.
A terrorist had sewn chemical explosives into his underwear with the goal of igniting them on the plane.
Onboard were 290 souls, which would have made it the most-deadliest airliner attack in the history of aviation.
Thankfully, the plot failed.
For some time, officials suspected they had eliminated al-Asiri.
However, Al-Qaida has refused to report anything about his death or memorialize him as they have done in the past with other leaders.
The suspected attack was a drone strike in Marib.
As al-Asiri stood next to his car with several of his associates, the drone strike hit, taking them all out.
A recent report from the United Nations brought the drone strike back into the spotlight.
That report stated al-Asiri “may have” been killed in the latter part of 2017.
An unnamed tribal leader and another unnamed Al-Qaida source also confirmed al-Asiri’s death.
Fearing for their safety, the sources have requested officials keep their names protected.