Khorasan's French Bomb-Maker Survived US Strike

David 'Daoud' Drugeon treated for serious injuries: officials
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2014 9:03 AM CST
This image from a video provided by CENTCOM, released Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, shows an airstrike against Islamic State group vehicles on Nov. 29, near Ar Raqqah, Syria.   (AP Photo/CENTCOM)
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(Newser) – A high-value French bomb-maker isn't dead after all. US officials say David (Daoud) Drugeon of the al-Qaeda-linked Khorasan Group, believed to have been killed in a November airstrike in Syria, actually survived, CNN and French newspaper L'Express report. Drugeon, the intended target of the drone strike on his vehicle, sustained serious injuries but was immediately rushed away for treatment at a "secure" location, say officials. They came to the conclusion amid new intelligence; they also monitored al-Qaeda and Khorasan communications. Born on the outskirts of Vannes in 1989, Drugeon is among the deadliest operatives in al-Qaeda's global network, CNN notes, owing largely to his explosives expertise and his European roots. Among his famous skills: passing explosives through airport security.

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