Afghan Drone Killes 30 IS Militants

Afghan Drone Killes 30 IS MilitantsAfghan Drone Killes 30 IS Militants

Hafiz Saeed, the leader of the Islamic State group in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region, has been killed in a drone strike, the Afghan intelligence agency said.

Saeed was killed in the strike in Achin in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar Province on Friday night, it said. Some 30 other IS militants were also killed, the agency said, BBC reported. A drone strike on Tuesday reportedly killed another top IS figure.

The Afghan intelligence agency, the NDS, said Friday's strike was carried out by US-led coalition forces in coordination with intelligence provided by the spy agency.

NATO forces have had a new mandate since the start of the year but can still carry out drone strikes.

There had been reports in April that Saeed, also referred to as Hafiz Saeed Khan, was killed while planting a bomb.

Nangarhar has seen an upsurge of fighting in recent weeks, mostly between IS and the Taliban, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.

  Drone Strikes in Yemen

Two missile strikes by unmanned American drones in southeastern Yemen have killed 10 suspected members of Al-Qaeda, including three local chiefs, an official said Saturday.

The raids targeted a vehicle and a container loaded with weapons late Friday at the port of Mukalla, the provincial capital of Hadramawt, the local official said. The strikes destroyed the arms container, he added.

The deaths bring to 23 the number of suspected Al-Qaeda militants killed by similar strikes in Yemen in less than three weeks, and follows the death of the second-in-command of Al-Qaeda's global network.

The group confirmed on June 16 the killing of Nasir al-Wuhayshi, who headed Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch, by US drone strike.