Drone strike killed IS leader in Afghanistan, says US

Drone strike killed IS leader in Afghanistan, says US

An American drone strike in July killed a top Islamic State group leader in Afghanistan, US officials have said.

Hafiz Saeed Khan died in southern Nangahar Province on July 26, the officials said.

The US state department last year designated Khan a global terrorist, saying he was the leader of IS in Khorasan, which includes former members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban.

Khan had previously been a Tehrik-e Taliban commander, but last year pledged loyalty to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

US and Afghan leaders have been concerned about the growth of IS in Afghanistan.

The group was targeted by a US-backed Afghan military offensive last month, in which five US commandos were injured.

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