The US military says it has carried out a drone strike, killing a planner for the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, ISKP.
This is in retaliation to Thursday’s deadly bomb attack outside Kabul airport that killed at least 175 people including 13 US service members.
“We will not forgive; we will not forget. We will hunt you down and make you pay,” US president Joe Biden had warned the perpetrators on Friday.
Captain Bill Urban of the US Central Command in a statement said “the unmanned air strike occurred in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.”
“Initial indications are that they killed the target, but know of no civilian casualties” he added.
A Reaper drone, launched from the Middle East, struck the militant while he was in a car with another IS member, killing them both, an official who spoke on anonymity said.
In Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, community elder Malik Adib said three people were killed and four were wounded in the air strike at around midnight on Friday.
IS-K is the most extreme and violent of all the jihadist militant groups in Afghanistan set up in January 2015 at the height of IS’s power in Iraq and Syria.
It recruits both Afghan and Pakistani jihadists, especially defecting members of the Afghan Taliban who don’t see their own organisation as extreme enough.