US drone strike in Afghanistan ‘kills IS-K planner’

US drone strike in Afghanistan 'kills IS-K planner'
US soldiers have been guarding Kabul airport. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The US says it believes it has killed the planner of the Kabul airport suicide attack in a drone strike in eastern Afghanistan. The suspected member of the IS-K group, an affiliation of Islami State (IS) group in Afghanistan, was targeted in Nangahar Province.

IS-K, or Islamic State Khorasan Province, claimed responsibility for an attack outside Kabul airport on Thursday that may had killed as many as 170 people, including 13 US soldiers.

A mass airlift has been underway at the airport since Taliban took control of the country this month.

More than 100,000 people are believed to have been evacuated in the past two weeks, with the deadline set by the US for its troops to leave Afghanistan expiring on Tuesday.

On Friday, President Joe Biden promised to hunt down the jihadists behind Thursday’s suicide bombing.

IS-K is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan.

The blast tore through crowds of women, men and children outside the airport.

Dozens of Afghans desperately trying to leave the country were killed in the horrific attack. In addition to the US troops killed, two British nationals and the child of a British national were among the dead.

Mr Biden warned the perpetrators on Friday: “We will not forgive, we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay.”

He said another attack in the Afghan capital was likely in the coming days.

Roughly 5,000 US soldiers are still stationed at Kabul airport, processing Afghans desperate to leave.

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