Muhammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, released a statement today that confirmed the death of Adnan Shukrijumah, al Qaeda’s operations chief for North America. The Pakistani military said that it killed Shukrijumah on Dec. 6 in a raid in Shin Warzak in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of South Waziristan.
Below is a partial translation of Khurasani’s statement, which was emailed to The Long War Journal:
On Saturday, the 6th of December, the impure apostate Pakistani military martyred Sheikh Adnan Shukrijumah, an important al Qaeda leader, during a special operation in the Shin Warsak area of South Waziristan. Surely we belong to Allah and to Him shall we return. Pakistani Army Chief Raheel Sharif declared this operation a success and congratulated the soldiers who participated in it.
In the full statement, Khurasani attacks the Pakistani military as a “satanic army” that “began targeting Islam and Muslims on day one after creation” of the Pakistani state from India during partition in 1947. The Pakistani military is merely part of the Indian Army, the mortal enemy of Muslims, Khurasani claims. He then threatens to avenge the actions of the Pakistani military.