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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Al-Qaida Spy Chief Killed in Pakistan Raids

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- An intelligence chief in Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network was killed during a 12-day offensive against militants on the Afghan border, the Pakistani army said Monday.

Army spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan identified the al-Qaida spy chief as "Mr. Abdullah" but would not provide further details such as the man's nationality, full name or how and when he was killed.

"He was killed in this operation," Sultan told reporters.

He said troops had killed 63 of the militants and captured 163 -- 73 foreigners among them -- in the raid on the semi-autonomous South Waziristan tribal territory bordering eastern Afghanistan that ended on Sunday.

Sultan said a wounded senior Uzbek al-Qaida leader, Tahir Yuldashev, was on the run. He said Yuldashev was the 10th most senior member of al-Qaida and was now hiding somewhere along the Afghan border.

The military claimed victory after securing the release of 12 paramilitary troops taken hostage soon after fighting began on March 16, but about 50 soldiers were killed and an unknown number of fighters escaped, possibly through a labyrinth of tunnels.

"We have broken down and dismantled a hardened net of miscreants," said Sultan. "Where they have dispersed we are keeping an eye on them."

A dozen civilians, mostly women and children, are also believed dead.

U.S. forces are hunting on the other side of the mountainous border in a pincer operation.