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Al-Qaeda Leader in South Asia Killed in Afghanistan: NDS

KABUL – Asim Umar, leader of Al-Qaeda in South Asia, has been killed in a joint US-Afghan raid, Afghan officials have confirmed Wednesday.
In a statement issued on Twitter, the Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Umar was killed in Helmand province on September 23.
“They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala,” the NDS said.
The raid was part of a prolonged and complicated on September 22-23 overnight operation for which the US provided air support.
The NDS also said there was a man known as “Raihan,” a courier for Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, among the six other Al-Qaeda in South Asia members killed in the attack.
Officials said they would also investigate claims that 40 civilians, including children, were killed in air raid.
However, Taliban spokesman denied the claims on Tuesday saying that Umar was not killed, and that the operation “only caused heavy civilian losses”.
According to reports, Umar was appointed to lead AL-Qaeda in South Asia in 2014.
(Sahar News)

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