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Al-Qaeda ‘Afghan number two’ Abdul Ghani killed

International forces in Afghanistan say they have killed their number-two insurgent target in the country – senior al-Qaeda leader Abdul Ghani, the BBC informs. The Saudi citizen died in an air strike almost two weeks ago in Kunar province, near Pakistan, NATO-led forces said. Abdul Ghani, also known as Abu Hafs al-Najdi, ran training camps and planned attacks on tribal leaders and foreigners, the Nato statement said. NATO estimates some 100 al-Qaeda members still operate in Afghanistan. It says it has killed more than 25 al-Qaeda leaders and fighters in the past month.

There is no independent confirmation of the claim. Abdul Ghani is blamed for a number of high-profile attacks. Separately, Afghan officials say they have recaptured 65 of the more than 470 prisoners who escaped from Kandahar prison on Sunday night. Most were Taliban fighters.

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