AL QAEDA … Chief of Al Qaeda in Subcontinent, Asim Omar, killed in joint US-Afghan hit Sept 23

KABUL: The chief of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Asim Omar, was killed in a joint raid by US and Afghanistan forces on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province on September 23. India-born Omar was holding the post since its formation in 2014.

Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security tweeted that Omar, a Pakistani citizen, was killed along with six other members of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent. Most of these dead were Pakistanis. “Among them was Raihan, Omar’s courier to Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri,” the agency said, adding, “They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala.”

The US-Afghan joint raid was held in the intervening night of September 22 and 23. The US provided air support for the operation. Afghan authorities said they would investigate complaints from inhabitants of the region that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in the air strike during the operation. The report comes as a big relief to India, besides Afghanistan. IHN=NN

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