The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in a US drone strike on July 26, Afganistan's ambassador to Pakistan told the Reuters news agency.

Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, the top Afghan diplomat in Pakistan, said on Friday that ISIL Khorasan leader Hafiz Saeed was killed in Kot district of Afghanistan's Nangharhar Province.

He also told Reuters that Saeed's senior commanders and fighters were killed in the strike.

The so-called Khorasan Province was created by ISIL, also known as ISIS, in 2015 encompassing areas in Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of central Asia. 

The Afghan battlefield has become more complicated

A US defence official also confirmed to Reuters that the July 26 drone strike killed Khan.

US-backed Afghan forces have been carrying out an armed operation in the area for several weeks now.  

Saeed, a former member of the Pakistani branch of the Taliban who swore allegiance to ISIL, had also been reported killed last year, but his death was never confirmed.

Source: Reuters