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Al-Qaeda India chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan in a joint US-Afghan operation

Maulana Asim Omar was a resident of Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh in India. He had then migrated to Pakistan in 1990.

Asim Omar, the dreaded terrorist and the Al-Qaeda chief of South Asia region has been killed in Afghanistan in a joint US-Afghanistan commando raid on 23 September. According to the reports, Asim Omar, the leader of Al-Qaeda’s South Asian branch, was killed in a US-Afghan joint airstrike in Musa Qala district in Afghanistan’s southern Helmand province in September.

The India-born head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was killed along with six other Al-Qaeda members in the southern Helmand province. According to US government, Maulana Asim Omar was a resident of Sambhal, Uttar Pradesh in India. He had then migrated to Pakistan in 1990.

According to a report in the AFP, Asim Omar led Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from its inception in 2014.

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Confirming the killing of Asim Omar, Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security tweeted, “NDS can now confirm the death of Asim Omar, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Sep. 23.”

“Omar, a Pakistani citizen, was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani. Among them was Raihan, Omar’s courier to Ayman Al-Zawahiri. They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala,” Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security further tweeted.

Reportedly, the joint US-Afghan operations also resulted in collateral damage with at least 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed.

Nearly 22 Taliban fighters were killed during the operation while 14 people were arrested, including five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi citizen. A large warehouse of supplies and equipment was also destroyed during the joint raid.

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