The National Directorate Security of Afghanistan (NDS) has confirmed through a newly released statement that Afghan forces have killed, Omer Mansoor, the Senior Al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan who was the second leader of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), after Asim Omer.
According to the statement, 80 other Al-Qaeda fighters have also been killed during the joint operation was conducted by Afghan forces backed by the Resolute Support forces in Ghazni, Zabul, and Paktia Provinces.
The fallen Al-Qaeda leader was mainly named Omer Khetab.
Afghan intelligence agency (NDS) also stated that 27 members of the terror group were arrested and 5 military and training bases of the terrorists have been destroyed during the operations.
“Qasem known as Khurram Kayani, Hassan Hamza and Junaid, the important commanders of Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, Mustafa who was in charge of Al-Qaeda military operations were also among the dead terrorists along with 5 Taliban militants, including 3 Pakistanis,” the statement further noted.
Al-Qaeda is said to have bolstered its presence in Afghanistan since few years ago and plays a crucial role in training of Taliban militants across the country.