A top al-Qaeda pioneer was killed in a joint US-Afghan military activity a month ago, says Afghanistan’s knowledge office.
Asim Umar, the head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), kicked the bucket in a strike on a Taliban compound in Helmand territory on 23 September, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said.
In any event 40 regular people were accounted for to have been slaughtered in a similar activity.
The US and al-Qaeda have not affirmed Umar’s demise.
In an announcement shared on Twitter on Tuesday, the NDS said the joint US-Afghan attack occurred at a compound in the “Taliban fortress of Musa Qala” area, where Umar and different AQIS individuals “had been inserted”.
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It said six different AQIS individuals were additionally executed, “most” of whom were Pakistani. Abu Raihan, said to be Umar’s “dispatch” to al-Qaeda pioneer Ayman al-Zawahiri, was named as one of those murdered.
The NDS shared pictures purportedly indicating Umar both alive and dead close by the announcement.
Further subtleties of the activity and what befell the bodies were not promptly clear.
The nearness of a senior al-Qaeda pioneer in a Taliban compound brings up issues about the activist gathering’s eagerness to cut ties with jihadists as a component of harmony converses with the United States.
The US propelled its war in Afghanistan after the 9/11 assaults in 2001 in light of the fact that the Taliban, which at that point managed the nation, would not hand over then-al-Qaeda pioneer Osama Bin Laden.
Until US President Donald Trump severed harmony dealings a month ago, Washington and the Taliban showed up near an understanding that would see US troops start to pull back in return for the Taliban disavowing and disavowing gatherings like al-Qaeda.
The Taliban have been battling a ridiculous rebellion against the Afghan government and outside soldiers since it was toppled in 2001 and now controls enormous territories of the nation.