Al-Qaida commander's death increasingly certain

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ISLAMABAD (AP) -- A Pakistani security official says authorities are almost 100 percent certain that a recent U.S. missile strike killed one of the most wanted al-Qaida leaders.

Ilyas Kashmiri was believed killed in a missile strike on Friday. He was suspected in numerous attacks including the 2008 siege in Mumbai, India.

He also was considered a longshot choice to replace Osama bin Laden, who was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan in May.

The security official said Sunday that the weekend reports of Kashmiri's death were "95 percent confirmed." The lack of a body is what keeps officials from saying it's 100 percent confirmed.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.