İrem UZUN -TDO- Afghanistan General Directorate of National Security (NDS) and Ministry of Interior Affairs issued a public statement on Monday, saying the leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) group in South Asia and the Far East has been arrested in Kabul. Zia ul-Haq, also known as Sheikh Omar Khorasani, was held with two other senior members, who are the spy chief and public relations officer of the group. “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.
South Asian branch of the Islamic State has a small presence in Northern Afghanistan. However, it has waged high profile attacks further south in the capital. The group has carried out several bomb attacks in recent years, targeting Afghanistan's Shia and other minorities and killing lots of people. Last Wednesday, Afghan security forces arrested eight members of a network grouping Islamic State and Haqqani militants responsible for bloody attacks in the capital including on Sikh worshippers. The Taliban, which says it is against the ISIS, has engaged in large-scale attacks on foreign forces or in major centers, though it has continued attacking Afghan security forces throughout provinces despite they signed a troop withdrawal agreement with the U.S. in February.