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The Afghan newspaper Arman-e-Malli carried one of the first reports about members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) operating in Afghanistan's Kunduz province in August, 2009. In January 2010, Kunduz governor Mohammad Omar, who was assassinated seven months later in a bombing at a mosque in Takhar province, confirmed these reports when he said that the Taliban and al-Qaeda were setting up bases in Kunduz and other north-eastern provinces to prepare for attacks in Central Asia. NATO confirmed both these reports in April, 2010 when it announced that its forces had captured an unnamed IMU leader and two other IMU fighters in Kunduz.