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Chief of Al-Qaeda in South Asia Killed in Afghanistan

Counterterrorism & Security

7Dnews London

Tue, 08 Oct 2019 16:20 GMT

The leader of Al-Qaeda’s Indian Subcontinent branch was killed in a joint US-Afghan military operation in southern Afghanistan last month, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed in a tweet on Tuesday, October 8th, that also showed a graphic photo purporting to be of Umar’s body.

On September 23rd, Asim Umar, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from its inception in 2014, was killed during a raid on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, according to AFP.

The raid was part of a lengthy and confusing overnight operation from September 22nd-23rd for which the US provided air support.

Authorities said they would investigate reports that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in an air strike during the operation.

The NDS said that Umar had been “embedded” in a Taliban compound, and said that among the six other AQIS members killed in the raid was a man identified as “Raihan,” a courier for Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.

However, US Forces-Afghanistan declined to comment.

Umar was a Pakistani citizen, though some reports claim he was born in India, the NDS added.

Under a stalled withdrawal plan negotiated between the US and the Taliban, Washington agreed to pull troops from Afghanistan if the insurgents abide by security guarantees and cut all ties with Al-Qaeda.