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ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, US military says

Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge pauses while answering a reporter's question at the basketball team's training facility in Waltham Mass. It's been ISIS chief in Afghanistan killed in April raid, US military says
Christy Curtis | 08 May, 2017, 06:11

The leader of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group in Afghanistan was killed in an attack by Afghan forces, officials said on Sunday.

The provincial police commandment in Nangarhar said the incident took place in Achin district on Saturday as the Afghan forces were busy conducting clearance operations, Hamza operations, in Mamand Dara area.

Hasib is believed to have been behind March's attack on a military hospital in Kabul, killing more than 30 people.

USA and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K this year, killing dozens of their fighters, mainly in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

In July 2016, a suicide bomb attack on a rally in Kabul killed about 80 people.

His group is affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the U.S. military calls it Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

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Afghan and U.S. Forces launched a counter ISIS-K offensive in early March 2017 to drive ISISK from Nangarha. Two American soldiers died in the attack, perhaps from friendly fire, the Pentagon said. Hasib also directed fighters to behead local elders in front of their families and ordered the kidnapping of women and girls to force them to marry ISIS-K fighters.

United States and Afghan special forces have waged a series of operations against IS-K this year, killing dozens of their militants, mainly in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan.

The raid also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking ISIS-K leaders and 35 ISIS-K fighters, added the statement.

A counter-IS operation has been under way in Nangarhar since early March, and Afghan forces, with the help of their USA counterparts, have killed or captured hundreds of fighters and liberated over half of the districts the terror group controlled in the province, according to the US military.

Afghanistan's security forces killed 23 militants, including eight members of Daesh, outlawed in many countries, including Russian Federation, in the past 24 hours, Sputnik reported on Sunday citing the Afghan Defense Ministry.

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