Identity of al-Qaeda militant killed in Kurram revealed
PESHAWAR: An al-Qaeda-linked militant killed in Kurram Agency earlier this week, has been identified as an Azerbaijani national, documents made available to DawnNews revealed on Saturday.
The militant, identified as Aslanov Zaur, was among the six foreign militants who were killed during clashes with security forces in the Jogi area of Central Kurram Agency on February 1.
A passport, documents and photographs recovered by security forces revealed that Zaur was a key commander and played an instrumental role in attacks on Pakistani security forces in the tribal areas.
The passport (passport number 3503893), issued from the Azerbaijani capital Bakku in February 2009, shows Zaur belonged to the city of Sumaqyit, located at a distance of 31 kilometers from the capital and was born on September 25, 1981.
According to the document, he was issued an Iranian visa by the Iranian embassy in Bakku for three months from March 2, 2009 to May 31, 2009.
The travel documents also reveal that he had entered the city of Astar, the capital of Gilan province of Iran on March 26, 2009 (evident from the entry stamp), and since than had gone underground. He is suspected to have entered Afghanistan and then Pakistan through unfrequented routes.
Security forces also recovered USBs, card readers and other devices from the pockets of the militant, besides Sudanese currency, American dollars and Pakistani currency notes.
The militant’s belongings also show a drafted document in Azeri language, signed by six people.
A registration certificate issued by the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Azerbaijan is also among the documents recovered from the deceased.
Scores of photographs have also been found from the USB and the card reader recovered from his pockets, which show him being photographed with other militants.
A number of telephone numbers have also been recovered from his personal belongings.