South Asia region Al Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan


Umar was born Shaan-ul-Haq at Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh, and went to Pakistan in 1995 and joined the Harkat-ul-Mujahideen (HuM), Indian security officials said.

Asim Omar, head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), died in the raid on September 23, reported the BBC, citing the Afghan National Directorate of Security.

The NDS said Umar was killed with six other AQIS members, a lot of them Pakistanis.

According to reports, the raid in which Asim Omar was killed took place between September 22-23.

The UN report found that USA and Afghan forces killed 717 civilians and injured 680 in the first six months of the year, up 31 per cent from the same period in 2018.

The NDS said the slain AQIS members were "embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala". Among the dead was "Raihan, Omar's courier to Ayman al-Zawahiri", the head of al Qaeda, it added.

US Forces-Afghanistan declined to comment.

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Meanwhile, Laurel Miller, Director of the Crisis Group's Asia Program, has said that the time has come to verify Taliban's commitment to severe ties with the terrorist groups.

The US and the Taliban had been negotiating for a year to reach a deal that would have cut US forces in Afghanistan and could have paved the way to a reduction in violence, but President Donald Trump scuttled that agreement last month, citing Taliban violence.

Despite the operation taking down several senior members of Al-Qaeda, at least 40 people attending a nearby wedding party were inadvertently killed, according to local officials. -Afghan raid in southern Afghanistan last month.

The AQIS claimed responsibility for the September 6, 2014 attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi, in which terrorists attempted to hijack a Pakistani Navy frigate. The jihadist branch was established to try to rouse fighters in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

Little is known about him but he is said to be originally from India, and spent years in the town of Miranshah, a former militant stronghold in Pakistani tribal areas near the Afghan border.

A Pakistani intelligence official said Umar had travelled to Syria, though it was not possible to confirm this.