Key IS commander Shahid killed in airstrike: NDS
KABUL (Pajhwok): A key Islamic State (IS) commander and a former spokesman of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Shahidullah Shahid, has been killed in a airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province, the Afghan spy agency said on Thursday.
Shahid was among several IS leaders killed in the foreign troops' airstrike, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
It said according to initial information, the airstrike killed the IS deputy operational commander, Gul Zaman, and his deputy, but later it appeared that another key Taliban commander and the Khorasan group member Shahidullah Shahid had also been killed.
The NDS statement said Shahid’s real name was Sheikh Maqbool, a former spokesman of the Pakistani Taliban under Hakimullah Mehsud and the current chief Mullah Fazlullah. He had parted ways with the Taliban and had pledged allegiance to the IS.
It said Shahid had been trying to wage a massive war in the region and emerge as a prominent Daesh figure.
The statement has no further details.
A source close to the Afghan Taliban told Pajhwok Afghan News that Shahid was killed three days ago in Mamand Dara area of the Achin district of Nangarhar.
The self-styled IS group has so far said nothing about the killing of Shahid, a salafi by orientation.
Shahid's death could be a serious setback for newly recruited IS militants in Afghanistan.
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