70 rebels dead in IS-Taliban clashes, drone strikes
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least 60 militants have been killed in US drone strikes while 10 rebels died in clashes between the self-styled Daesh and Taliban in eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Tuesday.
Lt. Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashraqiwal, provincial police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the unmanned aircraft fired missiles on hideouts in Achin district, leaving 60 insurgents dead on Monday.
At least nine fighters of two armed rebels’ groups were killed in a fight between Daesh and Taliban in Achin and Bati Kot districts, he added.
Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, the governor’s spokesman, confirmed drone strike and said at least five militants were killed in the attack. He feared the number of dead militants might surge but he did not share more details.
The drone left members of two anti-state armed rebels’ groups dead. Daesh, recently, has intensified activities in the province.
Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, rejected reports of killing of any militants in drone strike.
Separately, Sarhadi Zwak, spokesman for Laghman governor, said a Taliban commander was killed and another militant was wounded when Taliban fighters stormed a police check post in Alishang district.
Meanwhile, one fighter was killed and another wounded in a fight with security forces.
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