Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri confirms deputy's death

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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri released a video on Monday (September 10th) confirming for the first time the death of his deputy, AFP reported.

The 42-minute video, posted on jihadist forums, confirms that Abu Yahya al-Libi was killed in an airstrike in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area on June 4th.

"With the martyrdom of Sheikh Abu Yahya, may Allah have mercy on him, people will flock even more to his writings and call, Allah willing," al-Zawahiri said.

Noman Benotman, a former leader in the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, had in June described al-Libi's death as a "very serious blow" to al-Qaeda.

Benotman told CNN that "no one else within the group rivals his legitimacy as a religious scholar nor has the credibility in the Arab world to provide Islamic justifications for al-Qaeda's global campaign of terrorism".

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