Senior Al Qaeda leader killed in Kunar strike: ISAF
KABUL (PAN): A senior Al Qaeda leader, the second biggest target of foreign forces in the country, was killed during an airstrike this month in eastern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) claimed on Tuesday.
A Saudi citizen, Abu Hafs al-Najdi, was killed on April 13 in Dangam district of Kunar province, the NATO-led force said in a statement. Also known as Abdul Ghani, the key militant figure often travelled between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The insurgent directed Al Qaeda operations in Kunar, including recruiting, training and employing fighters, obtaining weapons and equipment, organising finances and planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Abdul Ghani and numerous other fighters, including another Al-Qaeda leader, Waqas, were killed in the airstrike. ISAF blamed him for the suicide attack that killed tribal elder Malik Zarin and nine other civilians.
"Abdul Ghani had been the focus of coalition force efforts since at least 2007, and at the time of his death, was meeting Waqas. The two insurgents frequently worked together in coordinating attacks against Afghan and coalition forces," the statement added.
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