Afghan Officials: IS Commander Killed in Drone Strike

Published: 09th February 2015 05:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th February 2015 05:32 PM   |  A+A-


KABUL: Afghan officials say a senior Islamic State commander has been killed in a drone strike in the southern Helmand province.

The deputy provincial governor says the commander, identified as Abdul Rauf, was killed along with four other militants when a drone-fired missile struck their car.

Afghanistan's intelligence service issued a statement saying the suspected Islamic State commander was among six people killed in the strike, which it said was carried out by Afghan forces.

The Islamic State group, which controls a third of Syria and Iraq, has a small but growing presence in parts of Afghanistan, officials and tribal sources told The Associated Press last month. They said a man known as Mullah Abdul Rauf was actively recruiting fighters for the group.

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