A US air raid that killed up to 40 wedding guests in Afghanistan also killed a top Al-Qaeda leader, Afghan officials have said.
"Asim Umar, who led the AQIS from its formation in 2014, used to be killed right thru a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban compound in Musa Qala district of Helmand province on September 23, Afghanistan" s National Directorate of Security (NDS) talked about.
The directorate posted another tweet that included a close-up of Umar's face with what appears to be blood or a wound on his forehead.
"Omar, a #Pakistani citizen, was #killed along with six other AQIS members, majority Pakistani".
Abu Raihan, said to be Umar's "courier" to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, was named as one of those killed, according to the report.
The announcement says the operation was carried out in a stronghold of the Taliban militant group. However, President Trump cancelled secret plans to host Taliban members after they admitted to killing a U.S. soldier.
The raid was part of a lengthy and confusing overnight operation from September 22-23 for which the USA provided air support.
USA officials have yet to confirm the deaths, nor has any representative of Al-Qaeda.
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An additional 22 Taliban fighters, including foreigners, were killed in the raid.
At the time of the airstrikes, USA officials were strongly criticized for the attack-having killed numerous women and children-however, it was maintained that the target was legitimate as it was a Taliban complex. 14 people were arrested, including five Pakistani nationals and one Bangladeshi.
The blast on Tuesday took place inside a classroom at Ghazni University, located on the outskirts of the provincial capital, Ghazni, Arif Noori, spokesman for the provincial governor, said.
A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship later leveled the compound, but provincial officials told the Associated Press that 40 people attending a wedding party in the area were killed from those airstrikes.
Noori added that two of the wounded are in critical condition.
The Taliban are active in the province and regularly launch attacks against security forces there.