The leader of ISIS in Afghanistan, Abu Sayed, was killed during a strike in Kunar province earlier this week, according to Pentagon.

In a statement on Friday, spokeswoman Dana White said that other members of ISIS were killed in the strike on Tuesday.

“US forces killed Abu Sayed, the emir of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria - Khorasan Province (ISIS-K) - in a strike on the group's headquarters in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 11,” she said.

“The raid also killed other ISIS-K members and will significantly disrupt the terror group's plans to expand its presence in Afghanistan.”

Sayed is the third top ISIS leader in Afghanistan to be killed since July 2016.

ISIS managed to establish its presence in Afghanistan in 2015 and ruled over large parts of Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, close to the country’s border with Pakistan.

Nearly a month ago, Afghan forces managed to retake Tora Bora from ISIS terrorists, just two days after the militants took control of the key mountainous region along the border with Pakistan.

Acting Afghan Defense Minister General Tariq Shah Bahrami said that the area in the eastern province of Nangarhar was recaptured after fierce clashes with ISIS terrorists in cave and tunnel complexes.