Asim Omar, Al-Qaeda’s chief in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) killed in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Afghanistan last month, the Afghan National Directorate of Security said on Tuesday. Omar belonged to Pakistan and was earlier a part of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami radical group in Afghanistan. Six other AQIS militants were also killed in the operation.
Asim Umar, a Pakistani citizen, “was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani”, in southern Helmand province, the National Directorate of Security said on Twitter, adding that Umar had been “embedded” in a Taliban compound.
Authorities said the investigation reports that 40 civilians, including children, got killed in an airstrike during the operation. The NDS said that among the six other AQIS members killed in the raid was a man identified as “Raihan”, a courier for Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. US Forces-Afghanistan declined to comment.