Afghan intelligence on Thursday said that a senior commander of Haqqani network was killed in an airstrike.
Khan Badshah, popularly known as Faryadi, was killed in a joint raid by Special Forces of the National Directorate of Security, the agency said in a statement.
His aide Sayedan (also known as Fidayee), a Pakistani militant commander of 30 militants and one more who was not identified were also killed in the air raid, according to the statement.
The statement didn’t make it clear where the operation took place. It said that Khan Badshah was in-charge of military and operational works of Haqqani group in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktika province and that he was sending fighters to back Taliban in other provinces.
“He was involved in public execution of a number of our compatriots. Three weeks ago, (he) executed two of our country’s youths on charges of spying for the Afghan security forces,” the statement said.
Haqqani network is based in Pakistan. The group has carried out some high-profile attacks in Afghanistan and it was in 2012 that the U.S. designated it as a terrorist organization.
The group is also seen as having ties with Pakistani state.