Published: Wed, October 09, 2019

South Asia region Al-Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan

South Asia region Al-Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan

Asim Omar was killed alongside six of his fellow terrorists from the organization in a September 23 attack, Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security revealed Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hindustan Times has described Omar as an India-born terrorist who led al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) since its creation in 2014.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had announced the formation of the AQIS to get rid of the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh in a video message in September 2014. In 2014, he headed al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent, or AQIS.

While U.S. officials believe al-Qaida in Afghanistan to be a considerably smaller force than the Taliban, unilateral and joint U.S. and Afghan raids continue to target the group as part of a counterterrorism mission there.

Last month a magnetic explosive device attached to a minibus belonging to the same university detonated, killing the driver.

But the Taliban denied the news. The head of the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent died in a raid on a Taliban compound in the Helmand province.

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

TOLO news reported that Omar was killed along with six other "Al Qaeda members", who had been embedded inside a "Taliban compound" in Musa Qala.

- NDS Afghanistan (@NDSAfghanistan) October 8, 20192/2: Omar, a #Pakistani citizen, was #killed along with six other AQIS members, a lot of them Pakistani.

At least 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed on the same day, according to provincial officials, in the US airstrikes.

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

U.S. -Taliban peace talks are now tabled. This was one of the main US demands during the peace negotiations with the Taliban that US President Donald Trump declared to be "dead" last month. It was meant to take the fight beyond the central group's mountain strongholds, into Myanmar and India.

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

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