Daesh leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan killed by US drone: Official

The leader of Daesh’s branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been reportedly killed in a US drone strike, according to an Afghan official.

Hafiz Saeed Khan and his senior lieutenants were killed in a US airstrike on July 26, Afghan ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal said on Friday.

“I can confirm that ISIS (Daesh) Khurasan leader Hafiz Saeed Khan along with his senior commanders and fighters died in a US drone strike on 26 July in Kot district of Afghanistan’s Nangharhar province,” Zakhilwal said.

However, the US military has not confirmed Khan’s death yet.

American forces in Afghanistan “are aware of those reports and we are looking into it,” said US military spokesman Colonel Michael Lawhorn.

This is the second time that Khan is said to have died. In 2015, Afghan intelligence agents claimed he had been killed, but their claim was never substantiated.

Now, if his death is confirmed, it will mark the second US killing of a key terrorist in…

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