US: Senior IS commanders killed in Afghanistan air strike

Afghan girls, whose two brothers, two sisters and mother were killed when US-led airstrikes killed at least 16 civilians in Haska Mina district of Nangarhar province where Islamic State militants are active, as the families fled to neighbouring Bahsood district, Afghanistan, on Friday. (AP photo)

KABUL -- Several senior members of Islamic State's central Asian affiliate were killed in a US air strike in Afghanistan, officials said on Sunday.

The attack on Thursday killed Abdul Rahman, identified by the US military as the Kunar provincial emir for Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Khorasan, according to a statement from the command in Kabul.

"The death of Abdul Rahman deals yet another blow to the senior leadership of ISIS-K," said General John Nicholson, the senior US commander in Afghanistan.

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