Afghan forces in a joint operation arrested three “key” Daesh leaders in Kabul, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Monday.
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, according to the NDS’s statement.
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.
According to the NDS, Abu Omar Khorasani is a citizen of Afghanistan and he was arrested in Kabul.
Five days ago the special unit of the NDS raided “terrorist hideouts” in three operations– two in Kabul’s PD11 and another in Shakar Dara district, 25 kilometers north of the capital city.
According to 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.
The NDS added that the group was also involved in targeted killings in Kabul.