The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was killed in a strike on the group’s hideouts in Nangarhar province on Saturday night time, authorities mentioned on Sunday.
Ten different members of the militant group have been additionally killed in a joint floor and air operation by Afghan and overseas forces, the Nationwide Directorate of Safety in Kabul mentioned in a statement.
A considerable amount of heavy and lightweight weapons and ammunition have been destroyed throughout raids on two Islamic State hideouts.
The jihadist group’s Amaq’s information company carried no touch upon the problem, and there was no fast response from the NATO-led Resolute Help mission that trains and advises Afghan forces.
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The provincial governor of Nangarhar mentioned Erhabi was the fourth Islamic State chief in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2017.
The group has developed a stronghold in Nangarhar, on Afghanistan‘s porous japanese border with Pakistan, and grow to be one of many nation’s most harmful militant teams.
The native affiliate of Islamic State, typically referred to as Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-Okay) after an outdated identify for the area that features Afghanistan, has been lively since 2015, combating the Taliban in addition to Afghan and U.S. forces.
Former ISIS-Okay chief Abu Sayed was killed in a strike within the japanese province of Nangarhar and Sayed’s predecessors have been killed in joint U.S. and Afghan operations.
The precise variety of Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan is troublesome to calculate as a result of they ceaselessly change allegiances, however the U.S. army estimates that there are about 2,000.
Greater than 150 Islamic State fighters surrendered to Afghan safety forces this month within the northwestern province of Jawzjan, the place the group is combating for management of smuggling routes into neighbouring Turkmenistan.