Saturday, 15 July 2017

Afghanistan IS head Abu Sayed killed in raid, says US

The head of so-called Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, has been killed in a raid on the group's headquarters in the eastern province of Kunar, US officials say.

The raid on 11 July also resulted in the deaths of other IS members, the Pentagon said in a statement on Friday.

The operation was aimed at "disrupting the group's plans to expand" in Afghanistan, the statement added.

Abu Sayed's predecessor, Abdul Hasib, was killed in a military raid in April.

There has been no confirmation of the latest death by IS.
Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said that Abu Sayed was chosen to lead the group after US and Afghan forces killed the previous IS leaders Hafiz Sayed Khan in a drone strike in 2016 and Abdul Hasib earlier this year.

BBC      News.

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