• publish: 31 October 2015
  • time: 10:15 am
  • category: Security&Crime
  • No: 1961
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Top Al-Qaeda commander killed in Kunar province

A top al-Qaeda commander, Bilal al-Taib, has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Kunar province of Afghanistan.

The province’s police chief said that the al-Qaeda commander was targeted in Dareen area of Ghazi Abad District on Friday.

The al-Qaeda commander was a foreign national but two of his body guards killed with him were Afghans, Brigadier General Abdul Habib Sayedkhil said on Saturday.

Drone strikes in Afghanistan are usually carried out by U.S. forces but they had not commented on the report by the time it was filed.

U.S. drone strikes have killed several other important commanders of al-Qaeda network in Kunar province in the past.

In April 2011, a drone strike killed Abu Hafs Al Najdi, a Saudi citizen who also went by the name Abdul Ghani, then number two on the coalition’s list of Al Qaeda targets.

He was recruiting, training and employing fighters, obtaining weapons and equipment, organizing al-Qaeda finances, and planning attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

In August 2012, an ISAF airstrike killed Mullah Amir Mohammad alias Malik or Mutaqi who was responsible for passing critical information between al-Qaeda associated Taliban leaders in Kunar.

In December 2012, a drone strike killed an al-Qaeda commander identified as Numan who was the facilitator of movement of weapons and money to the insurgents in Kunar province.

Kunar on the border with Pakistan’s restive tribal areas is a mountainous area with having jungles where terrorists can easily make nests and organize attacks.

 

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