U.S., Afghan forces kill head of Pak­istani mil­i­tant group

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DERA IS­MAIL KHAN, Pak­istan — A Pak­istani mil­i­tant linked to a num­ber of high-pro­file at­tacks was killed in a joint Afghan-U.S. spe­cial forces op­er­a­tion in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan po­lice of­fi­cials and Tal­iban com­man­ders said Sun­day.

Qari Aj­mal, al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for sev­eral mil­i­tant at­tacks in Pak­istan, was killed early Sat­ur­day morn­ing in Afghanistan’s Pak­tika province, three Tal­iban com­man­ders said.

Aj­mal, a leader of the banned al- Qaida-linked Pak­istani sec­tar­ian group Lashkar- e-Jhangi, was wanted for ma­jor at­tacks, most notably one on the Sri Lankan cricket team in 2009 that killed six po­lice of­fi­cers and wounded seven play­ers.

Pak­tika po­lice Chief Gen. Khalil Zi­ayee con­firmed the op­er­a­tion, say­ing one mil­i­tant was killed and three ar­rested. He gave no fur­ther de­tails.

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