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U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed that al-Qaida’s top bomb-maker, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, believed to be the mastermind behind the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner in 2009, has been killed.

Trump said in a White House statement that al-Asiri was killed in 2017 in a United States counterterrorism operation in Yemen.

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