Zawahiri pledged to Mullah Akhtar Mansour to ‘implement sharia law’ and to continue ‘jihad until every part of occupied Muslim land is free.’
The 40-year-old blogger was attacked by suspected al-Qaeda linked Islamists at their apartment here just after the Friday prayers.
Omar Abdul Latif, the al-Qaeda chief for Balochistan and South Punjab, was killed in a gun battle with security forces in the Chaghi district near the Afghan border, said provincial home minister.
A statement issued in the name of the U.S.-backed group, known as Division 30, said its fighters prevented Nusra Front gunmen from storming their head office.
Most of the 54 fighters who have so far completed a U.S.-led train and equip programmed in neighbouring Turkey were from Division 30.
The southern Philippines has long been wracked by violence carried out by Muslim separatist guerrillas, Al-Qaeda-linked extremists and extortion gangs.
Pentagon said Fadhli was an al-Qaeda facilitator, who had advanced information on the September 11 attacks.
Two years ago Somali Islamists al Shebab massacred 67 shoppers and staff in four days of carnage in Kenya’s Westgate shopping mall.
Civilians were also killed Al-Nusra Front members while worshipping in the mosque.
al-Wuhayshi is considered a top lieutenant to al Qaeda leader Ayman Al Zawahri.
The Libyan Islamist says that that the US airstrike in Libya aimed at al-Qaida-linked extremist responsible for 2013 Algeria gas plant attack missed him and killed others.
The killings in Idlib are the deadliest against the minority Druze sect, which has been split between supporters and opponents of President Bashar Assad, since Syria’s crisis began in March 2011.
The ensuing clashes killed at least nine IS militants and two from the Shura Council, including Salem Derbi, the commander of the so-called Abu Salem Brigade, which has history of enmity with IS.
Al-Qaeda’s Syria chief refused to call IS fighters “infidels” — a term usually referring to non-Muslims — but instead said they had strayed from the path of Islam.
“They have all studied from reputed institutions and one of them has personally met Osama bin Laden and Aiman al-Zawahari in the past,” said a police officer.