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Senior IS Commander Killed in Afghanistan

by on July 9, 2015
 

A third senior Islamic State (IS) commander has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan intelligence officials and police say.
They say that Shahidullah Shahid was a former member of the Pakistani Taliban who defected to IS. He is believed to have operated under several aliases.
There has been no independent confirmation of his death.
According to BBC’s David Loyn in Kabul says that Mr Shahid was a former spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban.
He was the most prominent of a group of fighters who appeared in a video in January, apparently filmed in Pakistan, pledging allegiance to the self-styled Islamic State.
Our correspondent says that at least two other senior IS members have also been killed in drone strikes – showing that, while the remaining international forces in Afghanistan are not engaged in combat, they are taking seriously the reports of the emergence of the militant group.
The police chief of Nangarhar province confirmed that Mr Shahid had been killed. However there has been no word from Nato – the only force capable of launching drone strikes in the area.
Nangarhar has seen an upsurge of fighting in recent weeks, mostly between IS and the Taliban, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

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Source: BBC

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