‘Authorities concerned were informed about Kot attack’
JALALABAD (Pajhwok): The authorities concerned were informed about a possible attack by Daesh or so-called Islamic State (IS) militants on the Kot district of eastern Nangarhar province, the provincial spy-service head said on Monday.
National Directorate of Security (NDS) head for Nangarhar Gen. Dad Mohammad Harifi told a joint press conference with Governor Salim Khan Kunduzi that today’s newly-launched major operation against Daesh resulted in the killing of at least 30 IS loyalists.
“We had information about the Kot attack and we shared it with related organs, so we made a tactical retreat from the area and launched assault against militants today.”
He said during today’s operation besides the killing a lot of militants, a number of areas were also retaken from them.
“Kot is a strategic district, that’s why Daesh fighters targeted it. Hundreds of militants from Achin, Nazian and Haska Mena districts have come to conduct the attack in the district but they were frustrated.”
Kunduzi said the new-launched offensive was advancing successfully, inflicting many casualties on Daesh fighters.
Kunduzi answering a question said the enemy was spending much money on negative propaganda in Nangarhar and some other circles were also doing the same on social media.
The governor denied claim that Daesh militants had abducted women in Nangarhar and called it enemy propaganda.
He confirmed the IS fighters had torched hundreds of houses in Kot district and said the houses would be reconstructed.
The NDS head also confirmed some circles were spreading a negative propaganda against the Nangarhar security situation.
According to the two senior officials, the Kot district would be soon cleared of Daesh militants and the displaced families would return to their homes.
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