Deputy Commander of Daesh fighters in Afghanistan was killed in a drone strike on Monday, Afghan intelligence officials told TOLOnews.
Gull Zaman, the group’s number 2 in Afghanistan, was killed along with his deputy, Jahanyar, in a drone strike of foreign forces in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar, said the National Directorate of Security (NDS).
Zaman’s killing was confirmed by the special unit of joint security institutions recently formed to counter Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan, NDS spokesman Haseeb Sediqi told TOLOnews.
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.
According to MoI officials, each of Afghanistan’s security institutions maintains an equal share in the special unit formed to counter Daesh’s rapid expansion in remote areas of the country.
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.