US airstrike kills ISIS 'planner' after deadly Kabul airport attack

The US military says it has killed an Islamic State ‘planner’ in retaliation for Thursday’s deadly suicide bombing in Kabul airport.

Captain Bill Urban, spokesman for US Central Command, said the military had conducted a drone strike against an IS member in Afghanistan’s Nangahar Province, which borders Pakistan.

‘U.S. military forces conducted an over-the-horizon counterterrorism operation today against an ISIS-K planner,’ he said.

‘Initial indications are that we killed the target. We know of no civilian casualties.’

The US has not named the ‘planner’ it killed, and it is not clear if the fighter was involved in the bast at the airport.

But two defence officials told NBC News that the target was an ISIS-K member thought to be planning future attacks.

It comes after the Islamic State’s Afghanistan branch, ISIS-K, said it carried out an attack on Thursday that may have killed as many as 170 people, including 13 US troops and two Britons.

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