U.S. Drone Attack Kills Afghan-Pakistan Islamic State Leader

A U.S. drone attack has killed the Islamic State’s leader in Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a spokesman for Afghanistan’s intelligence agency.

Hafiz Saeed was killed late yesterday along with 30 fighters, said Hassib Sediq, a spokesman for the National Directorate of Security. Saeed and his group were struck in the Achin district of Nangarhar province, an area bordering Pakistan.

Sediq described the fatalities as “a great blow” to the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for a bombing outside a bank in Jalalabad in April in its first attack in Afghanistan. That attack killed at least 33 people and wounded more than 100.

Friday’s U.S. drone strike came four days after the U.S. struck Islamic State fighters, an operation that killed a top commander and 24 others in the same province.

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