A prominent member of al-Qaida was killed in fighting with U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, the group said in a statement posted on an Islamist Web site on Sunday.
Abu Suleiman al-Otaibi, formerly one of the group's leaders in Iraq, was killed in a "fierce battle with the worshipers of the cross" in Paktia, it said without giving the date of the battle.
Another al-Qaida member, identified as Abu Dejana al-Qahtani, also died in the fighting, it added.
Afghan officials said they had no information on the report. But the government earlier said in a statement that "five opposition" fighters were killed on Saturday in Paktia during an operation involving Afghan and U.S.-led troops.
The leader of al-Qaida in Afghanistan Mustafa Abu al-Yazid said Qahtani left Iraq about six months ago without giving further details.
Otaibi was the head of the judiciary at the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq, a group started by al Qaeda and fellow Sunni militant groups.
Violence has been at its worst level in Afghanistan since 2006, the bloodiest period since the removal of the al-Qaida-backed Taliban in 2001.
U.S.-led forces toppled the Taliban government in 2001 after its leaders refused to hand over Osama bin Laden and his top aides to the United States for trial for the September 11, 2001 attacks on U.S. cities.