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Al-Qaeda`s South Asia chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan

Al-Qaeda`s South Asia chief Asim Omar killed in Afghanistan”

Umar's group reportedly claimed it was behind an attempt to hijack a Pakistani warship in Karachi.

USA air strikes from an Air Force AC-130 gunship followed the raid to level the compound, but resulted in collateral damage, with Afghan officials telling the Associated Press that 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed.

Afghanistan's spy agency said on Tuesday that the chief of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, Asim Omar, was killed in a joint raid by United States and Afghanistan forces on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province on September 23.

Despite the operation taking down several senior members of Al-Qaeda, at least 40 people attending a nearby wedding party were inadvertently killed, according to local officials.

The UN report found that US and Afghan forces killed 717 civilians and injured 680 in the first six months of the year, up 31 per cent from the same period in 2018.

He "was #killed along with six other AQIS members, a lot of them Pakistani", the NDS said on Twitter, adding that Umar had been "embedded" with the Taliban.

TOLO news reported that Omar was killed along with six other "Al Qaeda members", who had been embedded inside a "Taliban compound" in Musa Qala.

Further details of the operation and what happened to the bodies were not immediately clear.

Afghan officials confirmed on Tuesday that the leader of Al-Qaeda's South Asian branch was killed in a US-Afghan joint raid in southern Afghanistan in September.

The US invaded Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks after the then-Taliban rulers refused to hand over al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, blamed for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

At the time, a spokesman for Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani said: 'We are saddened and devastated to hear that civilians have lost their lives in an incident in Helmand despite President Ghani's repeated call for extra cautions in conducting military operations'.

But they suggested that most of the dead may have been killed in secondary explosions or by suicide vests worn by militants.

In June 2016, the U.S. state department announced the designation of both Umar and AQIS as terrorists.



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