India-born al Qaeda chief of subcontinent killed in US-Afghan raid: Report

India-born Asim Umar, the chief of the Al-Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has been killed throughout a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Afghan officers stated on Tuesday.

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri had introduced the formation of the AQIS to take the battle to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh in a video message in September 2014.

Umar, who led the AQIS from its formation in 2014, was killed throughout a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on September 23, Afghanistan’s Nationwide Directorate of Safety stated.

It stated Omar was killed together with six different AQIS members, most of them Pakistani. Amongst them was Raihan, Umar’s courier to Al-Zawahiri.

“They’d been embedded contained in the Taliban compound within the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala,” the NDS stated in a press release.

Umar, who was in early 40s, was designated as a “international terrorist” by the US which positioned the AQIS on the record of “international terrorist organisation” in 2016.

He was former member of US designated International Terrorist Organisation Harakat ul-Mujahidin – a Pakistan-based terrorist group with branches throughout the Indian subcontinent.

Umar, who was born as Sana-Ul Haq in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, reportedly graduated from Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband in 1991. He later travelled to Pakistan the place he studied on the Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera, the seminary which is dubbed because the ‘College of Jihad’.

The AQIS claimed duty for the September 6, 2014 assault on a naval dockyard in Karachi, during which militants tried to hijack a Pakistani Navy frigate.

It has additionally claimed duty for the murders of activists and writers in Bangladesh, together with that of US citizen Avijit Roy, US Embassy native worker Xulhaz Mannan, and of Bangladeshi nationals Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajib Haideer and AKM Shafiul Islam.

By 2017, AQIS boasted a number of hundred members and had cells in Afghanistan’s Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul, Paktika, Ghazni, and Nuristan Provinces, Seth G Jones, a strategic professional, had stated throughout a Congressional testimony earlier than the Home Homeland Safety Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

In October 2015, US and Afghan forces focused a big coaching camp in Kandahar Province, killing over 100 operatives linked to AQIS al-Qaida within the Indian Subcontinent.

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