The terrorists, described by US officials as a “planner” and a “facilitator,” were on the back of a three-wheeler, known as a tuk-tuk, when they were targeted in the retaliatory strike, the Mail on Sunday reported, citing social media photographs.
US officials said the duo were members of ISIS-K, the local affiliate of the jihadist group that took credit for Thursday’s bloodshed at the Kabul airport.
At a Saturday Pentagon press briefing, officials refused to identify the individuals killed by name, or say if they played specific roles in the suicide bombing that killed 13 US service members and at least 169 Afghans.
“They were ISIS-K planners and facilitators, and that’s enough reason there alone,” said Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.
“The fact that two of these individuals are no longer walking on the face of the earth, that’s a good thing.”
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby says the individuals killed in the drone strike were “ISIS-K planners and facilitators.”