Afghanistan says ISIL commander killed in drone strike

Country's intelligence agency says the commander, identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf, was killed along with five others.

    Afghan officials have said that a senior commander in the armed Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has been killed in a drone strike in the southern Helmand province.

    Afghanistan's intelligence agency, the NDS, put out a statement on Monday saying the commander, identified as Mullah Abdul Rauf, was killed along with five other fighters when a drone-fired missile struck their car.

    Police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhel said Rauf was travelling in a car when the drone attacked, the Reuters news agency said, adding that the other casualties included his brother-in-law and four Pakistanis.

    Officials told the AP news agency that the man was actively recruiting fighters for the group.

    ISIL, which controls roughly a third of Syria and Iraq, has a small but growing presence in parts of Afghanistan, officials say.

    A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Mullah Abdul Rauf has been influential in Afghanistan for more than a decade.

    The US-led coalition in Afghanistan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and agencies


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