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U.S., Afghan Officials Say Regional Islamic State Leader Killed


The leader of the Islamic State (IS) group's branch in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in an air strike last month in a border region between the two countries, U.S. and Afghan officials say.

Hafiz Saeed Khan was killed in a U.S. drone strike in the Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangarhar Province on July 26, an unidentified U.S. defense official was quoted as saying on August 12.

The Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal, told Reuters that he had seen confirmation from Afghan security forces on Khan's death.

Khan has been reported dead before.

He was named head of IS group's "Khorasan Province,” which includes Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of neighboring countries, early last year when a group of Pakistani Taliban pledged allegiance to IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP
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