Born al Qaeda chief of subcontinent killed in US-Afghan raid

Asim Omar was the leader of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security said in a statement Tuesday that the raid on September 23 killed Asim Omar along with six other al Qaeda members in the southern Helmand province.

He "was #killed along with six other AQIS members", Afghanistan's National Directorate of Security said on Twitter, adding that Umar had been "embedded" with the Taliban. Among them was Raihan, Umar " s courier to Al-Zawahiri.

He "was #killed along with six other AQIS members, majority Pakistani", the NDS said on Twitter, adding that Umar had been "embedded" with the Taliban.

Umar, who was in early 40s, was designated as a "global terrorist" by the United States which placed the AQIS on the list of "foreign terrorist organisation" in 2016.

At the time, a spokesman for Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said: 'We are saddened and devastated to hear that civilians have lost their lives in an incident in Helmand despite President Ghani's repeated call for extra cautions in conducting military operations'.

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


-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Sep. 23. One of the key conditions in the talks, which broke down last month, was that the Taliban would not allow al Qaeda and other terror groups to operate from Afghan soil.

The US-led coalition ousted the Taliban from power for harboring terrorists in Afghanistan, and drove Al-Qaeda's leaders, including Osama bin Laden, into Pakistan.

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had announced the formation of the AQIS to take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh in a video message in September 2014. Umar, a Pakistani, headed AQIS from its inception in September 2014.

After writer-blogger Avijit Roy was murdered on Feb 26, 2015 in a brutal attack, a Tweeter handle named "Ansar Bangla 7" had claimed responsibility for the attack.

While in Pakistan, Umar studied at Karachi's notorious Jamia Uloomul Islamia madrassa, which has produced several terrorist commanders, and at Darul Uloom Haqqani in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, another madrassa with close links to the Taliban.

He also played a key role in al Qaeda's online propaganda operations and was believed to have close ties with Indian Mujahideen and Ansar-ut-Tawhid fi Bilad al-Hind.

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