KABUL, AFGHANISTAN: Mawlawi Abdullah aka Aslam Farooq, chief of Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP), has been arrested by Afghanistan officials.
He is charged with plotting the terror attack at Kabul's prominent gurudwara that left 27 Sikh pilgrims dead. He is accused of having links with the Inter-State Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan intelligence.
Afghan Intel Agency National Directorate of Security (NDS) confirmed the arrest of ISKP chief Mawlawi Abdullah.
The Ashraf Ghani government has been informed about his links to the Pakistan-based Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Both Haqqani Network and Lashkar-e-Taiba have committed terrorist attacks in both India and Afghanistan.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) decided to replace the former emir of its Khorasan group Abu Omar Khorasani with Farooq in April 2019.
ISIS was led by Abu Bakr al Baghdadi but he was killed by the US military in 2019.