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US, Afghan forces kill Sri Lanka cricket team attack leader

  • Published at 09:46 pm October 9th, 2016
US, Afghan forces kill Sri Lanka cricket team attack leader

A Pakistani militant linked to a number of high-profile attacks was killed in a joint Afghan-US special forces operation in eastern Afghanistan, Afghan police officials and Taliban commanders said Sunday.

Qari Ajmal, allegedly responsible for several militant attacks in Pakistan, was killed in Afghanistan's Paktika province, three Taliban commanders said.

The operation started at midnight and lasted until early Saturday morning, they said. All three spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution.

Paktika police chief General Khalil Ziayee confirmed the operation, saying one militant was killed and three arrested. He gave no further details.

Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, the US military spokesman in Afghanistan, also confirmed the operation but did not say which militants were targeted.

"Afghan and U.S. forces did conduct a counter-terrorism operation in Paktika," he said.

He added: "We do not discuss the details of counter-terror operations because of security purposes."

Pakistan and Afghanistan share a sizable lawless border region, which serves as a safe haven for local and al-Qaeda-linked foreign Islamic militants.

They routinely shuttle back and forth across the border to evade security forces.

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