Drone kills veteran Afghan militant with suspected IS links: Official

 A drone strike in Afghanistan killed six people on Monday including a veteran militant suspected of having defected to Islamic State from the Taliban, senior Afghan officials in Helmand province told Reuters.

Reuters| Last Updated: Feb 09, 2015, 15:31 PM IST

Kabul: A drone strike in Afghanistan killed six people on Monday including a veteran militant suspected of having defected to Islamic State from the Taliban, senior Afghan officials in Helmand province told Reuters.

A former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Mullah Abdul Rauf has been influential in Afghanistan`s jihadi movement for more than a decade. The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The police chief and the deputy governor in Afghanistan`s southern province of Helmand both said Rauf was killed. 

Police chief Nabi Jan Mullahkhel said Rauf was travelling in a car when the drone attacked. The other casualties included his brother-in-law and four Pakistanis, Mullahkhel said.