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Sources: German al-Qaeda member killed in 9/11 drone attack

By Shaan Khan, for CNN
October 5, 2011 -- Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Faateh was killed in an alleged U.S. drone strike on September 11, sources say
  • He had made his way to Pakistan after a time in Afghanistan, sources say
  • The German had previously spent time in Saudi Arabia

Islamabad (CNN) -- A German national, Mohammad-Al-Faateh, was among the dead when an alleged U.S. drone struck three suspected militants in northwest Pakistan September 11, Pakistani intelligence sources told CNN Wednesday.

Faateh, a suspected al Qaeda commander who had come to Afghanistan in 2006 and made his way to Pakistan in December 2009, died as the world marked the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, the intelligence sources said.

Faateh, 33, who had spent time in Saudi Arabia, was a commander with the militant organization Harkat-ul-Jihad- al- Islami (HuJI), according to the intelligence officials, who can only speak to the media on condition of anonymity.

The militant group, formerly led by Ilyas Kashmiri, is a banned terrorist outfit that most recently took responsibility for the 2008 bombing of the Marriott hotel in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, and bombings this year in New Delhi, India.

Kashmiri was allegedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's northwest tribal area in June.

According to intelligence officials, his organization has a number of foreign members, including 52 German nationals currently in Pakistan.

Details about those killed in alleged U.S. drone strikes in the country's semi-autonomous tribal areas are rarely released.

Journalist Saboor Khattak contributed to this report.

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