At least 5 Al-Qaeda members killed in Afghanistan

The five senior leaders including one from Afghanistan, one from Pakistan, and three from Chechnya, were actively involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in the country. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 20, 2018, 12.57 AM (IST)

At least five senior members of Al-Qaeda have been killed in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan in an operation of the security forces on Thursday. 

The operation was carried out by the special forces of the Afghan intelligence directorate on Thursday in night Toato locality. 

The five senior leaders including one from Afghanistan, one from Pakistan, and three from Chechnya, had been assigned to prepare militants for suicide and other terrorist attacks in the country.

According to an official statement by the provincial government said, "Five senior Al-Qaeda network leaders, hailing from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Chechnya, were actively involved in planning and coordinating suicide attacks in the country".

As per reports, the Afghan member has been identified as Mulla Sondai, known as Seraj, who was in-charge of the propaganda campaign.

The Afghan security forces found four Ak-47 rifles, a PKM machine gun, a pistol and some ammunition after the operations.

No casualties were reported so far.

The Taliban and Al-Qaeda affiliates have not yet given an official statement regarding the development.