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Haqqani network leader killed in Afghan: Nato

world Updated: Oct 05, 2011 18:29 IST
Haqqani militant network

The US-led coalition says a senior leader of the Haqqani militant network has been killed in an air-strike in eastern Afghanistan.

The coalition on Wednesday identified the militant leader as Dilawar, who used only one name. Nato says he was killed on Tuesday in Musa Khel district of Khost province.

Nato says Dilawar operated along the border between Khost and Paktika provinces. He ran weapons, coordinated attacks on Afghan forces and moved foreign fighters.

Afghan and Nato forces have conducted more than 530 operations this year to try to disrupt the Haqqani network, which has ties to both the Taliban and al Qaeda.

Nato says so far in 2011, more than 20 Haqqani leaders have been killed and more than 1,400 suspected Haqqani insurgents have been captured.