Taliban surround Daesh stronghold in Farah
FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Hundreds of Taliban militants have laid siege to a stronghold of rival Daesh group in the Khak-i-Safed district of western Farah province, the district chief said on Tuesday.
The self-styled Islamic State group has launched its activities in the district several months ago and has established centres in Mazar Qala and Jar areas.
Khak-i-Safed district chief Abdul Khaliq Noorzai told Pajhwok Afghan News they intercepted communications between the two groups a day earlier. In their conversations, he said, the Daesh fighters called the Taliban as servants of Pakistan and the Taliban responded with calling them as infidels.
On Tuesday around 11am, Noorzai, said about 500 Taliban fighters attacked the Daesh group in the Mazar Qala area, sparking a gun-battle that lasted one hour.
The Taliban forced the Daesh fighters to retreat and disappear in the mountainous Jar area, which has been besieged by the Taliban, according to Noorzai, who had no information about casualties.
However, he said the intercepted communications revealed a Daesh commander had been killed.
Telephone facility does not exist in the Khak-i-Safed district and that’s why Pajhwok could not interview any resident about the development.
Farah provincial council member Dadullah Qani also confirmed the clash between the Taliban and the IS fighters.
Noorzai had previously told Pajhwok Afghan News that hundreds of Daesh militants operated in the district, including Arabs and other foreign nationals coming from Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.
The Taliban and Daesh fighters have waged a war against each other in Chaparhar, Kot and Achin districts of eastern Nangarhar province. The latest clash between the two sides took place a day earlier in the Chaparhar district, leaving eight from both the sides dead.
The two groups have so far said nothing about their clashes.
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