19 Daesh militants killed in fresh Nangarhar offensive
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Nineteen Islamic State or Daesh militants were killed and another 15 wounded during a security forces’ operation launched on Tuesday in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, officials said.
The operation, spearheaded by Maj. Gen Fazal Ahamd Shirzad, the provincial police chief, was launched in Lagharjo area in the morning, said Nangarhar police spokesman Hazrat Husain Mashriqiwal.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News as of the evening, 19 Daesh fighters were killed and 15 others wounded during the operation.
Mashriqiwal said the Afghan security forces suffered no casualties during the operation that would continue for a few days till the area was completely purged of militants.
Bakhtyar, a resident of Kot district, said the operation followed drone strikes in the area on Monday night. He said gunshots were still being heard in the area, but he had no figures for casualties.
He said security forces had also launched a manhunt for militants to clear the area of them.
The governor’s spokesman, Attaullah Khogyani, confirmed the operation that it was aimed to suppress militants.
“It is spring operation planned by local authorities and mainly aimed at preventing possible troubles in the district and to strengthen security on the Torkham-Jalalabad highway.”
He said a portion of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway passed through an edge of Kot district and passengers feared insecurity in the area.
Samiullah Pacha, the lane driver, said several security incidents had happened near Kot district and in some areas in Momand Dara district on the road. “Sometimes militants appear on the road for attacks,” he added.
Separately, Khogyani said drone strikes killed at least six Daesh fighters on Tuesday noon in Marzakisar and Ashkhilo areas of Achin district.
There has been no word from Daesh group regarding the airstrikes.
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