Jihadists, including at least one senior al Qaeda member, are claiming that the nephew of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) was killed in a raid by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi.
KSM’s nephew has been identified by these online sources as Idris al Balushi (or al Baluchi), indicating his familial ties to Baluchistan. KSM, the architect of the 9/11 attacks, has known family roots in Baluchistan, a large Pakistani province that borders both Afghanistan and Iran.
The Long War Journal could not independently verify Balushi’s death, or the purported details of the raid in which he was killed. As of this writing, neither Pakistani nor US officials have publicly commented on Balushi’s status. In addition, al Qaeda has not issued a formal martyrdom statement for him. Determining whether an al Qaeda operative is dead or alive is often a murky business.
In a series of four tweets on August 24, a Twitter feed attributed to an al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr described Balushi as being a “clever” man who quietly did his job. The feed’s owner, presumably Nasr, posted a picture claiming to show Balushi and another al Qaeda member after their deaths. The photo can be seen on the right.