Al-Qaeda’s Top Leader Neutralized In US-Afghan Joint Op


Kabul: Al-Qaeda’s top leader including 80 militants, have been killed in a joint operation by the Afghan and United States forces in Afghanistan.

The senior Al-Qaeda leader, gunned down during the joint operation, has been identified as Omar Khetab, who was also famous as Omar Mansoor, reported Khaama Press, citing Afghan’s Intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (NDS), as saying.

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The operations were conducted in Ghazni, Zabul, and Paktia provinces. The latest development comes in the backdrop of United States Department of Defense underscoring in a statement, issued in March, the death of a renowned Al-Qaida leader Qari Yasin, who was also responsible for the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore.

Yasin was killed in a U.S. counter-terrorism airstrike, according to the statement. The ambush had left six Pakistani policemen and two civilians dead. Six members of the team had been injured as well.