The leader of a local affiliate of the Islamic State, known as Islamic State Khorosan, or ISIS-K, Sheikh Abdul Hasib was killed, said the president Ashraf Gani, quoted by France Press Agency, reported Dnevnik.
USA and Afghan special forces, backed by drone strikes and other air support, have waged a series of operations against IS-K since March, killing dozens of their fighters, mainly in Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, according to the newswire.
United States military officials in Afghanistan have previously said Hasib's death would "significantly degrade" the group's operations and "help reach our goal of destroying them in 2017". It did not say how his death had been confirmed. "Dozens of Daesh fighters have been killed in eastern Afghanistan, but it did not bring positive change", he said, using the Arabic acronym for the group.
The leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed, according to USA and Afghan officials.
"For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in eastern Nangarhar, noted General Nicholson". Sgt. Joshua Rodgers and Sgt. Cameron Thomas were casualties of the operation and reportedly hit during friendly fire.
"AFG Special Forces hunted down the leader of IS in Afghanistan; big success for our heroes", he tweeted.
The raid was the most recent attack against ISIS-K, which is responsible for numerous acts of terror throughout the region. It is believed that by his ordering, many huge attacks were organized, including those in March against a military hospital in Kabul, done by soldiers disguised as doctors.
The statement further added that two of the militants were killed in Spinzhai area of Nazian district and one of their communications establishment was also destroyed.
IS also claimed a suicide attack at Kabul's Supreme Court in February that killed 22 people, and the group has stepped up activity in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Their part in the Afghan conflict had been largely overshadowed by the much stronger Taleban.
The 22,000-pound "mother of all bombs" (MOAB) detonated in the Nangarhar Province, on the eastern border with Pakistan, and killed almost 100 ISIS militants.