A terrorist suspect killed in a drone attack in Pakistan last month was a British man tasked with leading an al Qaida group in the UK, it has been reported.
A senior Pakistani security source told BBC's Newsnight programme that Abdul Jabbar was a British citizen who has a British wife and was living in Punjab, Pakistan.
According to the source, Jabbar was living in Punjab, and was chosen as the leader of a new group, to be called The Islamic Army of Great Britain.
The decision was apparently made during a meeting in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan three months ago, attended by 300 militants and monitored by intelligence agencies.
The source said the new group was set up to organise synchronised terrorist attacks in the UK, France and Germany. It was this intelligence that led to the missile strike by a US unmanned aerial drone on September 8 which killed Jabbar and three others.
The suspects, who are also said to have included a number of German nationals, had been hiding in the tribal areas of North Waziristan at the time.
An intelligence official told the Associated Press news agency that Jabbar's brother was conspiring with him to commit the Europe terrorist atrocity.
The reports about Jabbar follow disclosure that intelligence agencies in Europe, Pakistan and the US intercepted a credible Islamic plot to launch raids on European cities, in a similar style to the attacks in Mumbai, India, two years ago.
A Home Office spokesman said they could not comment on security matters.