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Leader of Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Group Reportedly Killed In Afghanistan

Members of the Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) escort four suspected Taliban members allegedly involved in criminal activities in Jalalabad. (file photo)

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency says the leader of the Al-Qaeda-affiliated militant group Jundullah has been killed in the country’s north.

A spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS) said the leader of the Jundullah group, Qari Ghulam Hazrat, also known as Abu Huzaifa, was killed in an air strike coordinated by the NDS in Chardara district of Kunduz Province on August 24.

The statement said Hazrat’s deputy, Amar, and three other commanders were also killed in the air strike.

Jundullah, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, pledged loyalty to Islamic State (IS) militants in November 2014.