No. 2 IS fig­ure in Afghanistan killed in strike: of­fi­cial

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - WORLD -

KABUL — Afghanistan’s in­tel­li­gence ser­vice says the sec­ond-high­est fig­ure among mil­i­tants loyal to the Is­lamic State group in the coun­try was killed in an airstrike. Ab­dul Has­sib Sediqi , spokesman for the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Di­rec­torate, said Tues­day that Gul Za­man and six other mil­i­tants were killed in a strike the day ear­lier in the Achin dis­trict of the eastern province of Nan­garhar. He would not say who car­ried out the strike. The gov­ern­ment says IS, rooted in Iraq and Syria, is mak­ing in­roads into Afghanistan and is ac­tive in at least three prov­inces. The Tal­iban, at war with the gov­ern­ment for nearly 14 years, have warned the IS group to stay out. Both groups want Is­lamic rule but the Tal­iban do not rec­og­nize the IS group’s self-styled caliphate.

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