Iran has denied a report that a leader of militant group al-Qaeda was killed in its capital Tehran in August. The New York Times newspaper reported that Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, was shot dead in the street by Israeli agents following a request from the US. Iran said it had no al-Qaeda “terrorists” living in its country. Abdullah is accused of planning the deadly attacks on American embassies in Africa in 1998. Abdullah, who is more commonly known by his alias Abu Muhammad al-Masri, was gunned down along with his daughter by two assassins on a motorbike on 7 August, the New York Times reports, citing anonymous US intelligence officials.