In a military operation in western Afghanistan, Pakistan’s intelligence agency reported, a bomb-maker who trained Taliban members before al-Qaeda was switched.
Mohammad Hanif was the close assistant to Asim Omar, who commanded al-Qaida in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and was killed in the United States-Afghan joint action in 2019, by the National Security Directorate in Tuesday’s statement. In his letter.
The agency reported that Hanif, originally from Karachi, had “close relationships,” skilled combatants, and improvised explosive devices in the manufacture of car bombs.
Initially, he was a member of the Taliban, but in 2010 he joined Al-Qaeda.
The Taliban have for a long time been accused of keeping strong ties with Al-Qaeda. They were responsible for the deadly attacks on the United States on 11 September 2001.
In the operation leading to the killing of Hanif, two Pakistani women have also been arrested, NDS said, without further explanation.
There have been no remarks from the Taliban yet.
A few days after the killing of Abu Muhsin al-Masri, a leading al-Qaeda member long pursued by the US, Hanif killed his fellow security officers.
The primary reason for the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 was the Taliban shelter of al-Qaeda and its leader Osama bin Laden.
About 19 years ago, the Taliban decided to bar foreign forces, including al Qaeda, from using Afghan soil as a return to the US for the evacuation of all its troops in a historic agreement with Washington made in February.
In addition, there are currently peace negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, which were initiated in September, but which were making no substantial progress.