The leader of al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar, was killed in a joint US-Afghan operation in September, Afghan officials confirmed on October 8.
In October 2015, United States and Afghan forces targeted a large training camp in Kandahar Province, killing over one hundred operatives linked to AQIS al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent.
India-born Asim Umar, the chief of the Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), has been killed during a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Afghan officials said on Tuesday. Among the dead was "Raihan, Omar's courier to Ayman al-Zawahiri", the head of al Qaeda, it added.
U.S. and Afghan forces conducted an extensive overnight operation in Helmand on 22-23 September and initial reports suggested that Umar escaped.
An additional 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, were killed in the raid.
U.S. Forces-Afghanistan declined to comment.
He revealed a further twelve civilians were wounded in the airstrikes and had to be taken to nearby hospitals. The statement said a large warehouse of supplies and equipment was also destroyed.
Afghan authorities had said that they would investigate claims that 40 civilians, including children, had been killed in an air strike conducted during the operation.
The Taliban are at their strongest since their ouster in 2001 and hold sway over more than half the country, staging near-daily, deadly attacks across Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, a bomb detonated inside a classroom in eastern Ghazni province, wounding at least 19 university students, a provincial official said.
AQIS also claimed responsibility for the murder of activists and writers in Bangladesh, including U.S. citizen Avijit Roy and USA embassy employee Xulhaz Mannan. It also claimed the murder of five bloggers and a doctor in Bangladesh.
'We told the security forces that we were not members of the Taliban. but both sides ended up killing civilians, ' he said.