14 dead as Taliban-IS clashes resume in Nangarhar
KABUL (Pajhwok): At least nine militants were killed and another 11 wounded during a latest fighting between the Daesh and Taliban fighters in the Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province, police said on Tuesday.
Nangarhar police spokesman Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal told Pajhwok Afghan News the clashes broke out a day earlier in the Sholain area a day after the two groups clashed in the Achin district’s Mamond village.
The clash in Achin also left five fighters killed, he said, taking the latest death toll to 14.
Hundreds of fighters from both the sides have so far been killed and wounded during clashes between them over the past four months in different areas. Several militant commanders had also been killed in drone strikes in recent months.
Residents of Spin Ghar district had complained to Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi about civilian casualties in the IS-Taliban clashes, urging him to protect civilians.
They told the governor during a meeting that three civilians had been killed, several homes torched and a large number of families displaced in the Mamond Dara area due to the clashes.
One of them, Malak Osman, a tribal elder, urged the provincial administration to protect civilians in the Spin Ghar district and provide emergency relief supplies to the displaced families in the Achin district.
The governor said he had emergency meetings with government and non-governmental organisations to discuss the situation of the displaced families. He said donor agencies and the refugee department had promised conducting a survey and providing relief goods to the uprooted families.
Kunduzi said the two warring groups were anti-state and the Afghan forces had intensified ground and air operations against them and were ready to carry out a major operation against the two groups.
The governor said security forces had been directed to pay special attention to protecting lives and properties of local residents.
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