Afghanistan: NDS arrests Daesh South Asia chief

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The Afghan government on Monday, announced that its security forces in a joint operation arrested Daesh’s South Asia chief Abu Omar Khorasani, along with two other key leaders.

According to details, Abu Omar Khorasani, the Daesh leader for south asia was arrested along with Saheeb, head of public relations, and Abu Ali the intelligence head of the group, 5 days ago by the National Directorate of Security (NDS), in three operations in Kabul.

According to the NDS statement, Zia-Ul-Haq, known as Abu Omar Khorasani, the Daesh leader for south and east areas of Asia was arrested along with Saheeb, head of public relations, and Abu Ali, the group’s intelligence head. Police and NDS special forces apprehended the men in the Kart-e-Naw area in PD8 of Kabul city.

The operation to arrest these Daesh leaders was launched after the four other Daesh senior members confessed while in the custody of the NDS, the statement said.

As per the NDS statement, five insurgents were killed in the operations and eight others were wounded.

According to the NDS, the group was comprised of Daesh and Haqqani network members and led by Sanatullah, a Daesh commander, and was involved in the rocket attack on President Ghani’s inauguration ceremony, the attack on the Sikh temple in Kabul, the attack on Afghan politicians gathering in the west of Kabul, and another two rocket attacks on Kabul, the NDS said.

Daesh in South Asia is mainly focused on a small presence in Afghanistan, largely in the north, though it has waged high profile attacks further south in the capital.

The Taliban, which states it opposes Daesh and has fought the group, has since held off on large-scale attacks on foreign forces or in major centres, though it has continued attacking Afghan security forces throughout the provinces.

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