ISIS says Afghanistan leader still alive

A still from a propaganda video showing the leader of ISIS in Khorasan, based around Afghanistan and Pakistan. (Screengrab)

The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Monday released an audio tape it said was of the movement's leader for Afghanistan, contradicting reports that he was killed in a U.S. drone strike.

The message purportedly from Hafez Saeed was posted to an ISIS website two days after the Afghan intelligence agency said he had been killed.

The audio could not be independently verified.

Saeed, a Pakistani, was reportedly killed in the Achin district of Nangarhar province late on Friday, the intelligence agency said.

Saeed switched allegiance last year from the Taliban to ISIS in Afghanistan.

ISIS figures have been targets for U.S drone strikes, which killed three other ISIS commanders in the same area in a week, including Shahidullah Shahid and Gul Zaman.

After pushing out the Taliban insurgents, ISIS fighters have in the past two months gained ground in several districts of Nangarhar province, which shares a long and porous border with lawless areas inside Pakistan.
 

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