A senior commander of the militant group of Islamic State or Daesh has been killed in a drone strike in eastern Nangarhar province, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) – Afghanistan’s intelligence agency announced on Thursday.
A statement issued by the NDS states that the airstrike which killed Daesh’s second-in-command Gul Zaman and his deputy Jahadyar has also taken the life of Shaikh Maqbool alias Shahidullah Shahid.
“Based on #NDS intelligence, Mawlawi Shahedullah Shahed, a senior ISIS commander was killed in a air strike in Achin district, Nengarhar.” NDS stated in a tweet posted Thursday afternoon.
Dozens of other militants were also killed in this airstrike conducted earlier this week.
Hailing from Pakistan’s Aurakzai agency, Shahidullah Shahid was a spokesman for the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) who later pledged allegiance to the Islamic State or Daesh.
He was one of the few senior members of TTP who joined Daesh when it first emerged in the region few months before.
According to NDS, Shahid under the umbrella of Daesh planned to engulf a widened war in the region and play a central role for it.