10 Daesh fighters dead in airstrike, clash with Taliban
JALALABAD/MAHMOOD RAQI (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday said 10 Daesh -- Islamic State (IS) -- fighters had been killed during an airstrike and an armed clash in eastern Nangarhar province.
On the other hand, a Daesh flag installed on a jerry can full of explosives was found in the Tagab district of central Kapisa province.
Achin district chief, Haji Ghalib Mujahid, told Pajhwok Afghan News the Afghan Air Force struck Daesh positions in Peshay, Bandar, Abdulkhel and Shadal areas of the district on Sunday night.
He said eight militants were killed and some of their bases destroyed during the overnight raid in the restive district near the Pakistan border.
Attaullah Khogyani, the Nangarhar governor’s spokesman, said two more Daesh fighters were killed during a clash with Taliban militants in the Nazyan district of the province.
In central Afghanistan, the group’s activity was witnessed for the first time in the Tagab district of Kapisa province, said Asad Agha Safi, an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander.
A jerry can full of explosives and having an IS flag was found in the northern part of the district bazaar early Monday morning.He said the explosives were defused by the Afghan National Army (ANA) forces.
The group also distributed night letters in parts of the district bazaar, an issue that was under investigation, Safi said, adding he had heard rumours about IS fighters sneaking into Tagab from Laghman province.
However, the Laghman governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, denied the presence of Daesh in the province, neighbouring Nangarhar.
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