Abdul Hasib, the leader of ISIS militant group in Afghanistan, was killed after a squadron of 90 troops stormed the group’s headquarters in the conflict-stricken country.
Hasib was responsible for kidnapping women and beheading tribal elders, and forcing women to marry members of the terrorist group.
He took over ISIS-K, the terrorist group’s branch in Afghanistan, last year after its former leader Hafiz Saeed Khan was also killed in a drone strike.
Following the operation, General John Nicholson said: “This successful joint operation is another important step in our relentless campaign to defeat ISIS-K in 2017.”
“This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters,” he said.
Nicholson also noted that for more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially in southern Nangarhar.
ISIS emerged in Iraq and Syrian in 2014 and soon gained controlled over large areas in the two countries. The terrorist group, which is infamous for its barbaric acts, also grew in other countries.
Since October 2016, the Iraqi government launched a massive military campaign in order to retake the strategic city of Mosul from ISIS.