Daesh, civilians suffer casualties in Kot offensive
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Local officials on Saturday said dozens of militants have suffered casualties during an ongoing clearing operation in the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province.
Attaullah Khogyani, the governor’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News 37 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed and 32 others wounded during air and ground operations in the district in the past 24 hours.
He said two security officials were also killed and three others injured. The fighters killed eight civilians including four children and three women and injured seven others, he alleged.
The rebel group also torched 23 civilian houses and caused huge financial losses to the people, Khogyani continued, accusing the militants of taking 30 civilians, including children and women hostage.
But some of thecivilians were rescued by the security forces, who continuedwith air and ground operations against the group, the spokesman said.
Public Health Director Dr. NajibullahKamawal confirmed receiving 13 injured civilians at the Nangarhar Civil Hospital.
A statement from the 201stSelab Military Corps, meanwhile, said 36 Daesh men were killed and 32 others wounded. The militants launched attacks on security posts in Kot on Thursday night, but faced strong response from local residents and Afghan forces.
Ten IS fighters were killed in a separate drone strike of foreign forces in Achin district, it added.
A tribal elder from Kot, Malik Katib Khan, blamed Daesh for killing 12 civilians, including women and children, on Friday.He said three Afghan Local Police (ALP) members were also killed in the clashes.
“We have been reporting on activities of fighters to local officials, but the district chief had ignored our reports,” he complained.Katib added clashes were still ongoing two kilometers from the district.
However, another resident of the area, who wished not to be named, said ALP personnel surrendered one of their posts to the fighters last night.The source claimed half of the district was under Daesh control.
Daesh fighters took several women hostage from the district in response to the females arrested by government forces on the Torkham-Kot road, he said.
The women arrested by the government belonged to Bajauar and Swat areas. They allegedly tried to transfer money and other materials to their husbands from Pakistan.
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