An al-Qaida boss has been shot dead in a US raid on his compound in Afghanistan, according to security services. The National Directorate of Security in Afghanistan posted the news on their official Twitter account, saying they had confirmed Asim Umar had been killed on September. Pictures released by the NDS appears to show Umar’s body with a gunshot to the head.
Umar was appointed the boss of the al-Qaida branch AQIS by the terrorist group’s leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden. He is believed to have met Osama before joining al-Qaida properly in 2007. The jihadist played a key role in propaganda for al-Qaida and has authored religious texts predicting the end times and World War 3.
AQIS under Umar has brought jihad to Pakistan, India, Myanmar and Bangladesh. The group plot to establish an Islamic state in the Indian subcontinent and also attack Western tourists in the region. The group is listed as a terrorist organisation by the UN, US, Canada, India and Pakistan. It is affiliated closely with the main al-Qaida group – and has claimed a number of terror attacks.
AQIS is said to taken part in the assassination of of Brigadier Fazal Zahoor, a senior officer in the Pakistani Army, who was shot dead by men riding motorcycles. Umar’s group also claimed it was behind an attempt to hijack a Pakistani warship in Karachi. It also claimed the murder of five bloggers and a doctor in Bangladesh. And most recently, the group this year claimed responsibility for the killing of an LGBT activist in Bangladesh.
Al-Qaida first emerged in the lat 1980s as Arab volunteers joined US-backed mujahideen in fighting the Soviet Union. Bin Laden left Afghanistan in 1986, but then returned in 1996 to run military training camps for thousands seeking to wage jihad. He declared a holy war on the West, and has most notably been behind the September 11 attack in New York which killed 2,977 people in 2001. US special forces killed bin Laden in 2011, and also this year killed his son – and suspected eventual heir – Hamza. Current leader al-Zawahiri is subject to a $25million bounty for his successful capture.
Sourve: Daily Star