Islamic State leader in Afghanistan killed in strike: report

Islamic State leader in Afghanistan killed in strike: report
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The head of Islamic State in Afghanistan, Abu Saad Erhabi, was reportedly killed in a strike on an ISIS-K hideout Saturday night, state authorities said Sunday.

According to Reuters, 10 other members of ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan) were also killed in the coordinated air and ground operation. The strike was carried out by Afghan and foreign forces, the National Directorate of Security in Kabul told the outlet.

Coalition forces also destroyed a large cache of weapons and ammunition in raids on two Islamic State hideouts.

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The provisional governor of the Nangarhar province, the site of Saturday night’s raid, said Erhabi is the fourth ISIS-K leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2017.

The Islamic State had built up a stronghold in Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, and has become of one of the most dangerous militant groups in Afghanistan, according to Reuters.

The U.S. estimates that there are 2,000 Islamic State fighters in Afghanistan, though a precise number is difficult to report given the frequency with which fighters change their allegiance.