Daesh South Asia Chief arrested by Intelligence Agency

Daesh South Asia Chief arrested by Intelligence Agency

KABUL: The Afghan security forces have arrested Daesh's South Asia chief Abu Omar Khorasani and two other key leaders of the group.

The militant group’s head of South Asia, Abu Omar Khorasani, was arrested in Kabul alongside the group’s spy chief and public relations officer, the General Directorate of National Security (NDS) and Interior Ministry said in a statement.

“NDS will continue its comprehensive and targeted operations to hunt down senior leaders of regional terrorist groups and destroy the joint hubs of these terrorist networks,” the statement said.

Daesh in South Asia is mainly focused on a small presence in Afghanistan, largely in the north, though it has waged high profile attacks further south in the capital.

Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a network grouping Daesh and Haqqani militants responsible for bloody attacks in the capital including on Sikh worshippers, the country’s security agency said last Wednesday.

The ongoing violence underscored the challenges to securing lasting peace in Afghanistan even after the United States signed a troop withdrawal agreement with the militant Taliban in February.