KABUL (AFP) - The Nato force in Afghanistan said Thursday that a senior commander in the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network wanted over an attack this week on a leading Kabul hotel had been killed in an air strike. The International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) identified Ismail Jan as deputy to the senior Haqqani commander inside Afghanistan and said he was killed in the eastern province of Paktiya on Wednesday. It was not possible to confirm Jans death or position independently and Isaf provided no immediate details on how they knew he had been killed. Security forces tracked his location based on intelligence reports from Afghan government officials, citizens and disenfranchised insurgents before calling in the air strike, Isaf said in a statement. The US-led force accused Jan of providing material support for Tuesdays attack on the Intercontinental in the Afghan capital, frequented by Westerners and Afghan government officials. Heavily armed militants stormed the hilltop hotel late Tuesday, sparking a ferocious battle involving Afghan commandos and a Nato helicopter gunship that left at least 21 dead including the nine attackers. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, but Nato said it was carried out in conjunction with the Haqqani network, blamed for previous attacks in Kabul and considered the most potent US enemy in the east. Nato said Jan and several other Haqqani fighters were killed the following day in Paktiya, which borders Pakistans tribal belt of North Waziristan.