'Taliban, Daesh fighters' clash in Nangarhar
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Armed clashes were underway on Wednesday in two districts of eastern Nangarhar province between two rival and anti-government groups that local people said were linked to the Taliban and the self-styled Islamic State.
The clashes broke out on Wednesday noon in Barhind Ranai area of Kot district and Pan Dara area of Achin district, said the provincial government spokesman.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes were ongoing and that both the sides had suffered casualties, but gave no figures.
To a question if the clashes involved fighters from the Taliban and the Islamic State, the gubernatorial spokesman said the only definition for the two groups was that that they were anti-government.
Malak Aslam, the Achin district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that so far one fighter had been killed in clashes in the district. He said the two groups belonged to the Taliban.
He said the clashes were ongoing, but had no further details.
A resident of the district, Zubair, told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes were ongoing between Taliban and Daesh fighters.
“A number of Daesh members have come to the district. Like yesterday, they waged a war against the Taliban today.”
A resident of Achin district, Sangar, told Pajhwok Afghan News that clashes had broken out between Taliban and Daesh fighters in the district.
He said both the sides had suffered casualties, but he did not know the exact figures.
Three days ago, the same groups clashed in Kot district, leaving 10 fighters dead and taking hostage another 17 from each other.
The two groups have so far said nothing about the clashes.
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