Afghan intelligence claim Al-Qaeda leader Asim Umar killed in Helmand

Afghan intelligence claim Al-Qaeda leader Asim Umar killed in Helmand

KABUL: Asim Umar, the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has been killed in a joint Afghan-US raid in Helmand, the Afghan intelligence agency said Tuesday.
He was killed with six other AQIS militants, including his courier to Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, in a raid on a Taliban compound on September 23, the National Directorate of Security claimed.
In September 2014, in a 55-minute video, al-Zawahiri had announced the establishment of AQIS. Umar was made his first commander.
AQIS under Umar claimed several attacks in Pakistan, including the 2014 one on a naval dockyard in Karachi.
However, his group suffered several blows after counter-terrorism agencies launched operations against terror outfits in 2016 and 2017.
Umar, himself, was hiding in Afghanistan.
In 2017, Umar, who is an Indian national, formed a new group called Ansarul Shariah in Pakistan, according to a counter-terrorism official in Karachi.
The outfit carried out at least four attacks in Karachi and one in Balochistan. It targeted members of law-enforcement agencies. The group was led by Hafiz Sheheryar.
Sheheryar and seven other members of his groups have been killed by law-enforcement agencies in Karachi.

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