KABUL: US military carried out a drone strike in the eastern region of Afghanistan, successfully killing a planner of the Islamic State group. The strike was carried out in the Nangarhar province of eastern Afghanistan today.
The suspected target was a member of the IS-K group, the same group carried out an attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday, resulting in the death of approximately 170 civilians and 13 US troops.
More than 100 thousand people have been evacuated in the past two weeks from Afghanistan, since the Taliban takeover. US President Joe Biden had promised on Friday to hunt down terrorists behind the Kabul airport blast.
IS-K (Islamic State Khorasan Province) is one of the most violent and extreme militant group in Afghanistan. Capt Bill Urban of Central Command said: “The unmanned airstrike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.”
The strike was carried out through a Reaper drone striking the militant while he was in his car along with one other IS member, an official told Reuters. Province in the east of Kabul is believed to be a hub for many IS-K militants.
Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby had said on Friday that the agency believes that ISIS-K is planning to target the airport again, AFP reported. “We still believe there are credible threats… specific, credible threats,” he said.