US Military Airstrike Kills Qari Hikmatullah, A Senior Islamic State Commander in Afghan North

The US military reported to have killed a senior Islamic State commander in northern Afghanistan.

Qari Hikmatullah, who was described as “the senior ISIS-K (Islamic State Khorasan province or IS-K) commander and the main facilitator of ISIS-K fighters into northern Afghanistan.

He was killed in an air raid on April 5. In northern Afghan province of Faryab.

According to the US military reports, Hikmatullah, was part of the contingent of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan that defected and joined the Islamic State after the Taliban was caught hiding the death of Mullah Omar.

NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan in a statement reported that Hikmatullah alongside his bodyguard were killed in a US airstrike in the Bal Chiragh district in Faryab province.

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