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