74 fighters dead in Taliban, Daesh fighting, drone strike
JALALABAD-LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Seventy four fighters of Taliban and Daesh have been killed in the two groups fighting and drone strike in Haska Mina district in eastern Nangarhar province, an official has said on Thursday.
Lt. Col. Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal, police spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News that 10 militants were killed and four others wounded when intense gun battle erupted between the two groups on Wednesday in the area.
He said that civilians remained unhurt in the firefight. Soon after the gun battle, a US drone strike killed 60 more fighters of both the groups.
Meanwhile, Kajaki district police officer Maj. Faizullah Akhunzada said a former Daesh commander who recently joined Taliban militants were killed in his own mine when the armed rebels attacked police check post in the district in southern Helmand province.
The slain commander identified as Salman was son in law of former Daesh commander Mullah Abdul Rauf who joined Taliban soon after the killing of his father in law.
Fazal Baro Fayyaz, head of peace committee, said that Salman lost both legs and a hand in the mine blast and he was under treatment in a hospital in Quetta.
Taliban have not commented on the incident so far.
Separately, the 201st Selab Military Corps in eastern zone said in a statement that Taliban attacked Afghan National Arm (ANA) check post in Mahiper, which left three Taliban fighters dead and two others seriously wounded.
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