KABUL, Afghanistan, June 30 (UPI) -- A Haqqani network leader in Afghanistan suspected of helping militants in Tuesday's Kabul hotel attack, was killed Thursday in an airstrike, NATO said.
Ismail Jan, a deputy to a senior Haqqani commander who had led attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and several other Haqqani network fighters died in the airstrike in Afghanistan's eastern Paktiya Province near the border with Pakistan, the Voice of America reported. The Haqqani network is closely tied to al-Qaida and the Taliban.
Jan was suspected of providing material support to the suicide bomb attacks on Kabul's Inter-Continental hotel, favored by foreigners.
The attacks by nine suicide bombers and gunmen, claimed by the Taliban, began Tuesday night and the siege ended with their deaths Wednesday morning.
The VOA said all the nine attackers either blew themselves up or were killed by Afghan and NATO forces. Eleven other people died in the incident including Afghan hotel workers, police officers, and one Spanish guest. Eight were wounded.
The International Security Assistance Force joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning the attacks and praising the Afghan security forces.
"We join President Karzai in condemning this cowardly attack on Afghan civilians," said ISAF's Rear Admiral Vic Beck. "Even though insurgents have declared their intention to avoid civilian casualties, this attack put Afghan lives at risk and demonstrates their complete disregard for the Afghan people."
The ISAF said Afghan police and security forces responded quickly to clear the area, demonstrating their ability to defeat the insurgents and protect Afghans.