Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan’s leader killed in Afghanistan.

By Arif Qoreshi:

KABUL: According to International Security Assistance Force press release, a senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader killed during operation in northern Faryab province of Afghanistan.

 The source further added, Afghan Special Unit and coalition troops conducted an operation in Shirin Tagab district, Faryab province, yesterday to detain Makhdum Nusrat, the senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Afghanistan.

 During the operation, insurgents fired on the combined security force. The force returned fire, killing Makhdum and several additional Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan insurgents, the statement added.

 ISAF also added, two other insurgents were detained along with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, multiple rockets, several AK-47s and a number of grenades.

 According to International Security Assistance Force officials, Makhdum was the highest-ranking IMU insurgent operating in the country. He led attacks against Afghan and coalition troops throughout the Northern provinces for the last eight months and was plotting the assassination of an Afghan Parliament member in Kabul.

 The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is a declared terrorist organization by UN in 2003 closely linked to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. It conducts insurgent attacks in the northern region of Afghanistan against nato forces and in Central Asia Countries.

 The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan is a militant Islamist group formed in 1991 by the Islamic ideologue Tahir Yuldashev, and former Soviet paratrooper Juma Namangani both ethnic Uzbeks from the Fergana Valley situated between Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Its prime objective was to overthrow President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, and to create an Islamic state under Sharia.

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