The United States carried out on Friday night (August 27, GMT) a drone attack against an Islamic State target in eastern Afghanistan, killing a member of the group, according to the US armed forces.
According to a press release, the attack in the Afghan province of Nangarhar targeted the man responsible for planning Thursday’s attacks (26) at the airport in Kabul — in which around 170 people died, including 13 US military personnel. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bomb attacks at the airport in the Afghan capital.
“Initial evidence shows that we’ve killed the target,” US forces said, adding that there are no reports so far of civilian deaths.
The target was a member of the group Isis-K, which stands for Islamic State of Khorasan Province, the regional arm of the Islamic State (also known by the acronym Isis) that operates in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In Afghanistan, it is the most violent and extreme group jihadist (which promote the so-called Muslim “holy war”).
Thursday’s attacks hit a crowd of men, women and children outside Kabul airport. They were trying to leave the country after the Taliban Islamic fundamentalist group’s rise to power in Afghanistan.
Earlier this Friday, US President Joe Biden had promised to pursue the perpetrators of the attacks at the airport, where 5,000 US troops are still stationed.
“We are not going to forgive, we are not going to forget. We are going to hunt them down and make them pay,” the Democrat said.
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