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Al-Qaida-linked terrorist leader killed in Afghanistan: ISAF

(Xinhua)

08:29, April 10, 2012

KABUL, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Another al-Qaida-linked terrorist leader was killed in an operation conducted by Afghan and NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) forces in northern Afghan province of Faryab, the ISAF said on Monday.

"An Afghan Special Operations Unit and coalition troops killed a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) leader during an operation in Almar district, Faryab province, earlier this week," the ISAF said in a statement.

The IMU is a terrorist organization closely linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban. It conducts insurgent attacks in the northern region of Afghanistan.

The killed IMU leader named Osmani Sahib "was one of multiple IMU members killed in an exchange of fire that resulted from the insurgents' attempt to attack the combined Afghan and coalition force during the operation," it said.

"Osmani was recently promoted to replace Makhdum Nusrat, the former highest ranking IMU insurgent in Afghanistan, after Makhdum was killed during an operation by an Afghan special unit supported by coalition troops" in Shirin Tagab district of Faryab province on March 26, the statement added.

In addition, the security force captured an insurgent facilitator along with another insurgent, and destroyed several AK- 47s and bomb-making materials, according to the statement.

Afghan forces and ISAF troops have intensified cleanup operations throughout the post-Taliban country recently. Over 460 insurgents have been killed and more than 930 others detained in the country so far this year, according to the Afghan Interior Ministry.

The Afghan government and the United States signed an agreement in Kabul on Sunday to allow the Afghan forces to take the lead in the controversial night raids, a tactic that the coalition says is critical in the fight against the Taliban.

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