WION Kabul, Afghanistan
Aug 12, 2016, 03.58 PM
Islamic State leader of Daesh region Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed in a joint US-Afghan operation, several media reports claimed today.
"I can confirm that the Daesh leader, Hafiz Saeed Khan, has been killed," Afghan Ambassador to Pakistan Omar Zakhilwal told Pakistani Pashto-language "Mashriq" television in an interview.
“At least 23 Dai’sh commanders, including the commander of Khurasan faction Hafiz Saeed, were killed in foreign troops’ drone strikes and their bodies are still there,” commander of the 201 Selab Corps Major General Mohammad Zaman Wazir said, according to Tolo TV, a report in Express Tribune further mentioned.
The report, however, underlined that the claims were not verified by the United States and Da’ish. 'Afghan security officials had previously claimed that Khan was killed in a US drone strike on July 11, 2015, which later proved to be false,' it read.
According to the Express Tribune, the group staged a series of attacks under Khan's leadership including their first ever deadliest attack in Kabul last month, killing about 80 people belonging to the Hazara community.