Afghanistan’s top spy agency on Tuesday (Oct 8) claimed the head of the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) was killed along with six others in the country’s southern Helmand province.
The National Directorate of Security issued an unclassified statement with the picture of the slain AQIS chief Asim Omar, reportedly killed in a joint U.S.-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on Sep. 23.
In a statement shared on Twitter on Tuesday, the NDS said the joint US-Afghan raid took place at a compound in the “Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala” district, where Umar and other AQIS members “had been embedded”.
There has been no immediate reaction from the Taliban or al-Qaeda. The Afghan Taliban vowed to shun ties with al-Qaeda during their failed peace parley with the Americans.
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