DUBAI: Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman Al Zawahri is alive, Al Arabiya television reported last night, quoting a source which it said has contact with Al Qaeda.It gave no further details.
The report came after US sources said an air strike in Pakistan targeted Al Zawahri, but a senior Pakistani official said the Al Qaeda leader was not there at the time.
The strike killed 18 people, including women and children, and three houses were destroyed in a village near the Afghan border.
CIA-operated unmanned drones were believed to have been used in the attack, US sources said. A Pakistani intelligence official said four missiles had been fired.
Pakistan condemned the air strike.