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  • ISIS leader in Afghanistan was killed in raid, US confirms

     

    An April 27 attack killed the ISIS leader in Afghanistan, Sheikh Abdul Hasib, US and Afghan authorities said.

    The ISIS leader in Afghanistan, Sheikh Abdul Hasib, was killed in an April 27 raid conducted by Afghan special security forces and US troops, Afghan and US authorities said Sunday.

    Fifty US Army rangers and 40 Afghan commandos were dropped by helicopter into Nangarhar Province, within a mile or so of the site where the United States dropped the MOAB or "mother of all bombs" on April 13.
    Within minutes, the rangers were surrounded by heavy fire, the Pentagon said, causing the soldiers to call in support from an AC-130 aircraft, F-16s, drones and Apache helicopters.
     
     
    The Pentagon said Hasib was the target of the attack, but didn't confirm his death until Sunday.
    The raid also resulted in the deaths of several other high ranking leaders of ISIS-K, the terror group's regional branch, and 35 ISIS fighters. Two American soldiers died in the attack, perhaps from friendly fire, the Pentagon said.
    "This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months, along with dozens of their leaders and hundreds of their fighters," said General John Nicholson, Commander US Forces - Afghanistan. "For more than two years, ISIS-K has waged a barbaric campaign of death, torture and violence against the Afghan people, especially those in southern Nangarhar."
     
    In a series of Tweets on Sunday, President Ashraf Ghani's Office confirmed Hasib was killed in the attack.
    "He was responsible for ordering the attack on the 400-bed hospital in Kabul, kidnapped girls and beheaded elders in front of their families," the President's office said.
    The March 8 attack on the hospital, carried out by gunmen disguised as medical personnel, left 30 people dead before Afghan security forces killed the attackers.

     

     

     

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  • Four day old baby among migrants rescued aboard a rubber boat at sea

     

    Four-day-old baby was among over 480 migrants rescued by humanitarian ships drifting on a rubber boat 22 miles off the coast of Libya on Saturday during search and rescue operations in the central Mediterranean Sea, reports Reuters.

    The infant was travelling on one of two rubber boats carrying over 200 migrants from North and Central Africa, Sri Lanka and Yemen.

    “A week ago, I collected a dead body from the Mediterranean for the first time, and (Saturday) I carried a new life,” Daniel Calvelo, the 26 year-old who transferred the baby from the raft into the rescue boat, told Reuters.

     

     

    The baby’s mother, a 29-year old Nigerian woman, and her husband, a 34-year old worker from Ghana, were also rescued. They had lived in Libya for over two years and decided to leave for Europe after they had the baby.

    “We want to go to France or Germany, there is a future for our family there,” Richard Ohene, the father, told Reuters.

    The operation was carried out by Spanish NGO Proactiva Open arms and lasted three hours. Migrants were transferred into the former fishing trawler Golfo Azzurro, expected to reach the port of  Sicily on Sunday afternoon.

    Nearly 600 migrants have died so far this year trying to reach Italy from North Africa, the International Migration Organization (IOM) estimates. Some 4,600 people are thought to have died last year.

    Source:-africa.cgtn.com

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