The US is reported to have targeted Ossama bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, in a missile strike in Pakistan. It is not known if Zawahri was killed or injured and there has been no confirmation from US or Pakistani authorities that an attack took place. Bin Laden and Zawahri are thought to have been hiding out in Pakistan’s remote Wahiristan region on the border with Afghanisan. It is believed the airstrike was carried out by a CIA-operated unmanned drone.A number of buildings in the village of Damadola were targeted. One American TV network quoting Pakistani military sources said five ‘high level’ al Qaeda figures had been killed. Bin Laden and the Egyptian-born Zawahri and have eluded capture since US-led forces toppled Afghanistan’s Taliban government in 2001 after the Sept. 11 attacks. Zawahri has been described as the chief military planner of al Qaeda and bin Laden’s closest mentor. His death would be a huge blow to the organisation and a massive boost to the White House in it calls the ‘war on terror’.