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NATO airstrike kills Haqqani leader

Last Updated: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 23:31

Kabul: NATO forces say they have killed a leader of the Haqqani insurgent group in an airstrike in eastern Afghanistan.

The international military coalition says Sher Mohammad Hakimi was killed on Sunday in Logar province.

Logar province police chief, Raeis Khan Rahimzai, says Hakimi was sitting under a tree with some associates when the NATO strike killed him. He says four others were injured.

Rahimzai says Hakimi was known for organizing roadside bomb attacks and for training insurgents. NATO says Hakimi transported weapons through the region and served directly under Haqqani leader Muhammad Agha.

The Pakistan-based Haqqani network is allied with the Taliban and al Qaeda and is believed to be responsible for a host of attacks in Kabul and surrounding provinces.


First Published: Monday, August 6, 2012 - 23:31
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