The Anti-Terror Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police (UP ATS) has been put on high alert after the death of India-born chief of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).
AQIS chief Asim Umar was killed in a joint US-Afghan raid on a Taliban hideout in Musa Qala district of Helmand province of Afghanistan last month. According to reports, Asim Umar was born as Sana-ul Haque in the Sambhal area of the Uttar Pradesh and had left India in the mid 90s.
Talking to India Today, UP Director-General of Police OP Singh said that the ATS is keeping a close eye on al-Qaeda’s network in Uttar Pradesh.
It is being investigated whether the recently dead al-Qaida India chief Asif Umar was really called Sana-ul or not. OP Singh said that over the years five people had gone missing from Sambhal and the police are trying to locate them all.
The UP DGP said that Sana-ul had allegedly been missing since 1991 from Sambhal district but the police were not informed about the disappearance.
Who was Asim Umar/Sana-ul Haque
Sana-ul Haque aka Asim Umar was among the top leaders of al-Qaeda. Designated as a global terrorist by the US, Asim Omar had left India in the mid 90s. After training for a while in Pakistan, he joined Masood Azhar’s terrorist outfit Harkat-ul-Mujahideen, which later joined hands with al-Qaeda, being led by Osama bin Laden at the time.
He was appointed the head of al-Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent, when it was established by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in September 2014 to take jihadi terrorism to India, Bangladesh and Myanmar. Asim Umar led the organisation since then.