IS leader in Afghanistan was killed in April raid - US

IS leader in Afghanistan was killed in April raid - US

The head of the Islamic State group's affiliate in Afghanistan has been killed in a special forces raid, the Pentagon has confirmed.

The death of Abdul Haseeb Logari had been suspected after the April 27 raid on a compound in Nangarhar, a province in eastern Afghanistan, but officials said at the time that they were not certain.

Logari was among several high-ranking leaders of IS in Afghanistan who died in the raid carried out by Afghan troops in partnership with US forces, the Pentagon said.

General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, said Logari was the second leader of IS in Afghanistan to be killed in the last nine months.

He said the militants had "waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar".

Logari directed the March 8 attack against Kabul National Military Hospital, which killed or wounded more than 100 people, the Pentagon said.

That month Afghan and US forces launched a counter-offensive in the province.

"I applaud the tremendous skill and courage shown by our Afghan partners," Gen Nicholson said.

"This fight strengthens our resolve to rid Afghanistan of these terrorists and bring peace and stability to this great country.

"Any Isis member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate."

Two US Army Rangers died in the April 27 raid and US officials say they may have been killed as the result of friendly fire in the opening minutes of the three-hour battle.

AP

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