The United States military killed a senior Al Qaeda leader Tuesday in an airstrike in Afghanistan’s southern Zabul Province, the local website Tolo News reported, citing a statement from Afghan special forces.

The Al Qaeda commander killed in the airstrike was identified by Afghanistan’s Ministry of Defense as Mullah Mohammad Ali.

The U.S. military confirmed a strike took place in the same location yesterday, but would not say whether a senior Al Qaeda leader was killed.

“We can confirm that U.S. Forces conducted a counter-terrorism strike in the Shah Joyi district, Zabul province, May 17. For operational security reasons, we do not discuss the details of counter-terrorism operations,” said the statement from Operation Resolute Support, the name for the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan.

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