Key Al Qaeda Member Killed And IS-K, Taliban Members Arrested In Nangarhar

The National Directorate of Security (NDS) said their special force unit killed Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a senior militant leader who was a key member of Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), late on Saturday.

Al-Masri, who was on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Most Wanted Terrorists list, was killed in the Andar district of Ghazni province. Al-Masri, believed to be Al Qaeda’s second-in-command, also went by the name Huam Abd-al-Ra’uf, and was an Egyptian national, according to the FBI.

The head of the U.S. National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Chris Miller, said that al-Masri’s death and “removal… from the battlefield… highlights the diminishing effectiveness of the terrorist organization.”

Late Saturday night, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) also announced that security forces had launched an operation in Nangarhar province and arrested key members of IS-K (Daesh) and the Taliban.

MoI spokesperson Tariq Arian tweeted that Qudratullah son of Mohammad Hazrat, deputy IS-K district governor of Spin Ghar, and Amir son of Hazrat, deputy Taliban district governor in Surkh Rod, were arrested.
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He added that some military equipment was also seized during the operations.

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