On April 4, Afghan security forces captured Aslam Farooqui, the so-called “Emir” of ISIS Khorasan Province (ISIS-KP), in a special operation.
Farooqui, whose real name is Mawlawi Abdullah, is responsible for the recent Kabul massacre. Several terrorists from his group stormed a Sikh temple in the Afghan capital on March 25 morning, killing more than 25 civilians and injuring many others in cold blood.
In April of 2019, Farooqui replaced Mawlawi Zia-ul-Haq, aka Abu Omar Khorasani, as ISIS-KP leader. The terrorist was allegedly affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba and Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist groups, which are known to be active in Pakistan and India. Farooqui is a Pakistani citizen from the Orakzai Agency, bordering Afghanistan.
Farooqui will be questioned by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), which is now investigating Kabul massacre.
The arrest of Farooqui is without a doubt a major blow to ISIS-KP, which increased its activities in Kabul and other parts of Afghanistan in the last few months. The operation also demonstrates the growing domestic capabilities of Afghan security forces.
ISIS-KP will likely appoints a replacement for Farooqui very soon. The terrorist group has replaced at least five “Emirs” since 2015.