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Afghan army kills militant leader

A military operation in the south of Afghanistan has killed a militant commander who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group.

A Ministry of Defence statement sayid Hafiz Wahidi and nine of his men were killed in the operation in Sangin district. Sangin is in the southern Helmand province, a Taliban heartland.

The statement said Wahidi was the nephew and a successor to Abdul Rauf Khadim, a former Taliban commander who switched allegiance and aligned his followers with the Islamic State group, which is fighting in Iraq and Syria.

Khadim, who had set up an IS recruiting network across southern Afghanistan, was killed in drone strike last month.

Officials have voiced concern about the IS presence in Afghanistan though the group's real strength here is unknown.

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