NATO says US airstrike kills senior Islamic State commander - InfoNews

Current Conditions

Mostly Cloudy
2.5°C

NATO says US airstrike kills senior Islamic State commander

April 09, 2018 - 7:23 AM

KABUL - NATO said Monday that a U.S. airstrike in northern Afghanistan has killed a senior Islamic State commander.

A statement said Qari Hikmatullah, a former leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, was killed in the northern Faryab province by the airstrike on Friday. It said one of his bodyguards was also killed.

Hikmatullah, a native Uzbek, had also previously fought with the Taliban, before joining the local IS affiliate. The IS affiliate named Mawlavi Habibul Rahman, another Uzbek, to be his successor.

"Afghan special security forces and U.S. counter-terrorism forces killed Hikmatullah and they will kill any successors," Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said in the statement.

Afghan forces have struggled to combat the Taliban and IS, both of which have expanded their footprints in recent years. The U.S. and NATO formally concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014, shifting to a training and counterterrorism role.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, at least five civilians were killed by a remotely detonated bomb planted in a rickshaw, said Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for the police chief of the western Herat province. Walizada said seven other civilians were wounded in Monday's attack, which took place in a busy market.

No one immediately claimed the attack, but Walizada pointed to the Taliban, who are active in the area.

News from © The Associated Press, 2018
The Associated Press

  • Popular penticton News
  • Comments
  • Police search for missing Kelowna woman
    KELOWNA - Kelowna RCMP are asking for the public's help in finding a missing 27-year-old woman. RCMP say Joenna Saunders was last heard from on Nov. 27. She was reported missing on Dec.
  • Girl opens Christmas present she gave to boy when she dumped him in 1971
    ST. ALBERT, Alta. - A man in Edmonton who made international headlines for holding onto a wrapped Christmas gift from a high-school girlfriend who dumped him nearly 50 years ago finally learned wh
  • Water quality advisory in effect in North Okanagan
    NORTH OKANAGAN - The district has issued a water quality advisory for the North Okanagan. The Regional District of North Okanagan Silver Star Water Utility in conjunction with Interior Healt
  • Kamloops Fire Rescue respond to McDonalds deep fryer fire
    KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops McDonalds was temporarily closed last night due to a small deep fryer fire. Kamloops Fire Rescue arrived at the McDonalds location in Sahali at about 11:30 p.m. last ni
  • Vernon fast food restaurant held up by man with syringe
    VERNON - RCMP are on the hunt for a suspect after a robbery at a Vernon restaurant earlier this week. A man threatened staff with an allegedly contaminated needle on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Wr
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile