Kabul, – The Islamic State militant group’s leader in Afghanistan was killed during a raid in eastern Nangarhar province, according to a government statement released by the Presidential Palace on Sunday.

Abdul Hasib and a number of other Islamic State commanders were killed during an operation conducted by Afghan special forces, according to the statement.

Hasib is said to be personally responsible for ordering the attack on Kabul military hospital which killed 49 people and wounded another 76 in early March.

Afghan commandos operate alongside US special forces in Nangarhar, where two US service members were killed last Saturday, just a day before the raid that killed the Islamic State leader.

US forces have been conducting airstrikes for months against Islamic State positions in the province, including the use of the largest conventional bomb in its arsenal earlier this month.(QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency