British troops have killed a senior al Qaida figure during a major raid in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said today.
Some 250 soldiers stormed the house where Omar Farouq was staying in Basra last night.
Farouq - who has been linked to a series of kidnappings and murders and was believed to be a top lieutenant of Osama bin Laden - was shot when he resisted arrest, according to the British Ministry of Defence.
An ministry spokesman said: ``A deliberate operation was carried out against a known terrorist.
``When he opened fire on the troops he was killed in a return of fire.''