Afghan special forces have killed the leader of the US-wanted terrorist network al-Qaeda, Afghan intelligence said.

Abu Muhsi al-Masri of Egypt was believed to have been al-Qaeda’s runner-up in the Indian subcontinent.

He was killed in an operation in Ghazni province in central Afghanistan.

The intelligence service did not tell in its Twitter post the details of the operation or when al-Masri was killed.

The United States had searched al-Masri, who also used the name Husam Abd-al-Ra'uf, on suspicion of arming and supporting a terrorist network and planning terrorist attacks.

The Afghan government and Taliban guerrillas have continued ceasefire talks in Qatar. While the Taliban should end its own attacks, it should also prevent other extremists from operating in Afghanistan.