Pakistani Asim Umar who led al Qaida killed in Afghanistan Helmand province. Notably, Asim Umar was a Deobandi cleric who embraced to Al-Qaida’s Wahhabism.
Furthermore, Afghan officials confirmed that Al Qaeda’s South Asian branch leader lost his life in a US-Afghan joint raid last month.
Pakistani Asim Umar
Asim Umar led Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from its inception in 2014.
He lost life in the September 23rd raid on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province. But, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security disclosed it on Twitter Tuesday.
Six others also killed
Moreover, six other AQIS members also lost their lives in the strike.
It further said that the raid was part of a lengthy and confusing overnight operation on September 22-23. For that, US provided air support.
Most importantly, one Reyhan, a courier for Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri also killed in the airstrike.
Besides, the NDS shared pictures purportedly showing Umar both alive and dead alongside the statement.
Further details of the operation and what happened to the bodies not clear so far.
The presence of a senior al-Qaeda leader in a Taliban compound raises questions about nexus. That put the latter’s willingness to cut ties with Al-Qaida under doubt.
Reportedly, airstrikes killed 40 civilians, including children. However, authorities said they would investigate reports.