Al-Qaeda chief Asim Umar killed in Afghanistan - watsupptoday.com
Al-Qaeda chief Asim Umar killed in Afghanistan
Posted 08 Oct 2019 08:17 PM

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Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security said Asim Umar was a Pakistani citizen, though some reports claim he was born in India.

Asim Umar, who led al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) from its inception in 2014, was killed during a raid September 23 on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand Province.

He “was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani”, the NDS tweeted, adding that Umar had been “embedded” with the Taliban.

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

An Afghan Taliban source said in 2014 that Umar had worked with the Punjabi Taliban, the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chapter in Pakistan's most populous Province, for some years before linking up with al-Qaeda.

The middle-aged Umar was relatively unknown when he was picked to lead the newly created AQIS in 2014. The jihadist branch was established to try to rouse fighters in India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.

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