German jihadist reportedly slain in Pakistan: SITE

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A jihadist known as "Abdul Gaffar the German" was killed along with other foreign fighters in a recent clash with security forces in Pakistan, the SITE monitoring service reported Tuesday.

SITE said the media wing of Taifetul Mansura reported the deaths of German Eric Breininger as well as Turkish Islamist Salahaddin Turki, an administrator of Elif Media, and others in a clash in North Waziristan on April 30.

Taifetul Mansura is a jihadist group that claims affiliation to the Afghan Taliban.

"A message announcing their 'martyrdom' and that of two Uzbek men was posted in English-, German-, and Turkish-languages on the group's website on May 2," SITE said in a statement.

Breininger had appeared in several jihadist videos by groups operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan dating back to April 2008, when he first went on camera to encourage Muslims in Germany to wage and support jihad, according to SITE.

It said the group's "representative for Germany," Abu Esila the German, also said eight individuals from Taifetul Mansura's media wing were killed in operations "that took place in the last ten days."

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