Afghan Special Forces killed the number two man in al-Qaeda for the Indian subcontinent, Abu Muhsin al-Masri, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) said on Saturday. The operation was conducted in the Andar district of Ghazni province in the country’s east. NDS did not release any more details.

The Afghan intelligence service tweeted the news. 

Al-Masri, also known as Husam Abd-al-Rauf, is an Egyptian national listed on the FBI‘s list of most-wanted terrorists. The U.S. issued a federal arrest warrant in 2018 after al-Masri was charged with conspiracy to kill American nationals and providing material support and resources to foreign terrorist organizations.

The U.S. signed a peace deal with the Taliban in February. The deal has led to the gradual withdrawal of American troops from the country. Under the agreement, the U.S. coalition is to leave Afghanistan by May 2021. In exchange, the Taliban agreed to negotiate a permanent ceasefire and a power-sharing formula with the Afghan government. Another crucial condition is that the Taliban no longer allow terrorist groups to freely roam the country.

Terrorists from al-Qaeda had trained in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks and Osama bin Laden was living there in 2001. The refusal of the Taliban to turn over bin Laden was the catalyst for the U.S. invasion. 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently stated that less than 200 al-Qaeda operatives remain in Afghanistan.

The killing of Al-Misri comes after a deadly suicide attack on Saturday at an education center in the heavily Shiite neighborhood of Dasht-e-Barchi of western Kabul. At least 18 people were killed and 57 wounded in the attack, including several students. The casualty toll is expected to rise.