Al-Qaeda's South Asia chief, born in India, killed in Afghanistan: Report
Afghanistan : The South Asia chief of terrorist organization Al-Qaeda, Asim Umar, who was born in India, has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan. He was called dead during a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan's Helmand province, said Afghan Officials.
In September 2014, he was seen in a video in which he had announced the formation of the AQIS to take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Amir Umar had been leading the AQIS since 2014 and was killed during the operation on September 23.
It said Umar was killed along with six other AQIS members, most of them Pakistani. Among them was Raihan, Umar''s courier to Al-Zawahiri.
"They had been embedded inside the Taliban compound in the Taliban stronghold of Musa Qala," the NDS said in a statement.
Umar, who was in his early 40s, was designated as the global terrorist by US and his organization AQIS was on the list of "foreign terrorist organisation" in 2016.
Umar, who was born as Sana-Ul Haq in Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh, reportedly graduated from Darul Uloom seminary in Deoband in 1991. He later travelled to Pakistan where he studied at the Darul Uloom Haqqania Nowshera, the seminary which is dubbed as the ''University of Jihad''.
The AQIS claimed responsibility for the September 6, 2014 attack on a naval dockyard in Karachi, in which terrorists attempted to hijack a Pakistani Navy frigate.
It has also claimed responsibility for the murders of activists and writers in Bangladesh, including that of US citizen Avijit Roy, US Embassy local employee Xulhaz Mannan, and of Bangladeshi nationals Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Ahmed Rajib Haideer and AKM Shafiul Islam.