The Islamic State leader behind the 2021 Kabul airport suicide bombing that killed about 180 people including 13 US service members has been killed by the Taliban, according to United States (US) officials.
He was reportedly associated with the dreaded terror group ISIS and operated out of Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, his identity or details of the operation have not been revealed. As per reports, the US was not involved in the operation.
The suicide bomb attack at Kabul airport in 2021, which killed over 180 people including 13 US troops, was carried out when the US forces were withdrawing from Afghanistan after warring for 20 years.
According to media reports, the US government is yet to officially confirm the killing and is reportedly holding it off until the families of the 13 US troops killed in the 2001 attack are informed.
The terrorist killed by the Taliban reportedly oversaw the outfit’s planning for ISIS-K, where K refers to the Khorasan province in the east and northeast of the erstwhile Persian Empire.
US reportedly believes that Afghanistan has become a “staging ground” for ISIS since the withdrawal of US troops from the country. ISIS and the Taliban have been engaged in a turf war in Afghanistan for long, and experts have called ISIS the greatest security threat for the new Afghan government. According to reports, the ISIS’s offshoot in Afghanistan has around 4,000 members.