Omar bin Khetab, No 2 of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, killed in Afghanistan : World, News
Khetab got here from the restive tribal areas of Pakistan
He was often known as Omar Mansoor
2016 UN report: AQIS operatives primarily got here from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and India
Omar bin Khetab, the second-in-command of the Al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has been killed in a joint operation by Afghan intelligence and the US army.
Not a lot data is offered concerning the terrorist – other than some sketchy particulars – however the Afghan Nationwide Directorate of Safety (NDS) known as him the seniormost Al Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan since 2001, when Taliban was pushed in a foreign country.
A NATO launch on Khetab’s elimination described him as an knowledgeable in heavy weapons and explosives, who educated the Taliban for night time assaults.
Also referred to as Omar Mansoor, Khetab was killed within the Gilan district in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province. He was in his early 40s, and got here from the restive tribal areas of Pakistan.
A 2016 UN report put the AQIS operatives’ depend in Afghanistan at 300, and mentioned they primarily got here from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives and India. The identical report mentioned Khetab dealt with AQIS operations within the east of Waziristan.
80 extra Al Qaeda terrorists had been killed together with him, together with the highest three al-Qaeda leaders within the nation. Those that had been killed included “Qasim, Hassan Hamza, Jonaid and Mustafa, army head of al-Qaeda, three Punjabi Taliban and two native Taliban fighters”, Tolo Information reported quoting the NDS.
Air and army operations had been carried out previously few weeks in Ghazni, Paktia and Zabul provinces of Afghanistan. Particulars of the operations haven’t been launched but.
AQIS TRYING TO MAKE PRESENCE FELT IN INDIA
The AQIS has nearly been non-existent to this point in India and is attempting to make its presence felt within the nation. It lately named former Hizbul terrorist Zikar Rashid Bhat – alias Zakir Musa – the chief of its India unit Ansar Ghawzat-Ul-Hind. Earlier than that, in June, AQIS had launched a brand new code of conduct for its members and different terrorists who needed to point out allegiance to Al Qaeda.
In a tape launched in August, Al Qaeda chief Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri confirmed that slain Al Qaeda commander Abu Dujana al Pasha was the primary driving drive behind the formation of AQIS as he “united a number of jihadi teams belonging to the Indian Subcontinent”.
Zawahiri had introduced the formation of AQIS in a video message in September 2014. Although it was extensively reported that al Pasha was killed in a US drone strike, Al Qaeda by no means accepted it.
Abu Dujana al Pasha, who was often known as Abu Dujana al Basha, was son-in-law of Zawahiri and performed key position in Al Qaeda’s terror operations. Stories say he was often called the “hidden commander” in Al Qaeda, as a result of although comparatively unknown to the skin world, he labored laborious to ascertain AQIS. The US had declared him a Specifically Designated International Terrorist in 2009.