Six suspected insurgents killed in airstrike in Afghanistan
An airstrike by international and Afghan forces has killed six suspected insurgents, including the alleged leader of the Haqqani terrorist network, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Friday, DPA reported.
Qari Mansur and the other suspected militants killed in Thursday's raid were thought to have been behind an attack on Afghan police on Wednesday.
There were no reported civilian casualties from the airstrike, which took place east of Kabul, the ISAF statement said.
The suspected militant leader was alleged to have been taking his orders directly from the group's headquarters in Pakistan, the ISAF statement said.
"Qari Mansur was one of the most prolific attack planners for the Kabul insurgent network," said US Army Colonel Rafael Torres, director of the ISAF Joint Command operations centre.
The Haqqani network has been blamed for launching cross-border raids on international and Afghan forces and officials in Afghanistan from its bases in North Waziristan, Pakistan.