Reports from the Afghan media revealed that a senior leader of the notorious Haqqani network was killed in a United States drone strike in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on Thursday.
According to reports, killed in the drone strike was Sirajuddin Khademi, a logistics commander of the Haqqani network and member of the Quetta Shura in the southeastern Paktika Province.
A police commander in the southeast region, Assadullah Sherzad stated that the drone strike had Khademi as a target, along with another person early in the morning.
The Afghan Taliban which is linked to the Haqqani network has not confirmed the commander’s killing.
Previously, on May 21, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the chief of the Afghan Taliban was also killed in a US drone strike in Balochistan.
The militant group elected Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, a former head of the Taliban’s judiciary and one of Mansour’s deputies as their new leader.
The head of the Haqqani network, Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of ex-leader Mullah Mohammad Omar were appointed as Akhundzada’s deputies.
The Haqqani network has been blamed for high-profile attacks in Afghanistan by American officials, which is mostly in operation outside Pakistan’s border areas.