Al Qaeda claims 'treacherous' Pakistani Forces detained wife of its Chief Ayman al-Zawahiri

Al Qaida

Islamabad, August 24: Pakistani security forces has been accused by Al Qaida of detaining the wife of its chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and two other families of the insurgent group's "martyrs" for nearly a year.

In a statement, Al-Qaida on Friday alleged "treacherous Pakistani forces" captured Zawahiri's wife and others as they left the former Taliban stronghold of Waziristan bordering Afghanistan about a year ago due to continuous airstrikes.

"We ... hold Pakistan's government and its treacherous army and their American masters responsible for their criminal acts," it said.

There was no immediate comment from Pakistan.

Zawahiri, an Egyptian, became leader of al-Qaida following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy SEALS. He is believed to be hiding somewhere in the region.

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