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Any threat from IS will be eliminated: MoI

Any threat from IS will be eliminated: MoI

Jul 11, 2015 - 18:42

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday said Daesh posed a serious threat to Afghanistaninfo-icon’s security and the newly emerged group would be wiped out completely.

MoI spokesman Sediq Seddiqi told journalists in Kabul: “Daesh presence is a serious threat to Afghanistan’s security and any other group that joins hands with it would be destroyed in embryo.”

Seddiqi said 150 insurgents had recently joined the peace process in Aab Kamary district of northwestern Badghis province. They had been involved in anti-state activities over the past few years and reconciled with the government after efforts by local elders.

The MoI spokesman said more than 198 insurgents were killed, 123 others wounded and two more detained during security operations in various provinces over the past 48 hours.

The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Kandahar, Helmand, Paktia, Maidan Wardak, Uruzgan, Herat, Kunduz and Samangan provinces, he added. A dozen security forces were also lost to the clashes.

Ministry of Defence (MoD) deputy spokesman Dawlat Waziri said security forces would not allow insurgents to recruit new fighters.

He said neighboring countries were worried about the presence of Daesh in Afghanistan and they should cooperate with Afghan security forces in eliminating the threat.

“The way Daesh carries out its activities in Syria are not seen in Afghanistan. Their fighters are just the former Talibaninfo-icon who have changed their white flags with black ones,” Waziri added.

Earlier, the National Directorate of Security (NDSinfo-icon) confirmed the death a top IS commander for Afghanistan and Pakistaninfo-icon, Hafiz Saeed, in a US drone strike in Nangarhar.



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