Daesh Leader and ex-TTP Spokesman Killed in Nangarhar

Mawlavi Shahidullah Shahid, former Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesman and the first to pledge allegiance to Daesh in Afghanistan, was killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar, said the Afghan intelligence agency.

Shahid, who was the leader of Daesh for Khorasan province – a state Daesh announced for the region – was killed Tuesday in a drone strike on Achin district in eastern Nangarhar, in which the deputy commander of Daesh Gul Zaman, his deputy and five others were also killed, said the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Thursday.

According to NDS, Shahid whose real name was Sheikh Maqbool wanted to launch a regional fight and that to begin from Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

He was the third most senior commander of Daesh in Afghanistan being killed over the past few months.

Pakistani Taliban sacked Shahid as its spokesman last year in October after he sworn allegiance to Daesh along with five other TTP commanders.

Daesh, which has seized large cities in Iraq and Syria, have been dramatically growing in Afghanistan as scores of Taliban and other militants have sworn allegiance to the extremist group.

Recently, the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoI) announced the establishment of a joint unit aimed at heightening coordination among security institutions to more effectively combat Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan.

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