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28 killed in Taliban, IS clashes in Farah

28 killed in Taliban, IS clashes in Farah

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May 25, 2015 - 14:53

FARAH CITY (Pajhwok): Local officials on Monday said 28 Talibaninfo-icon and members of Islamic State (IS) have been killed as both the groups engaged in heaving fighting in Khak-i-Safid district of western Farah province.

Mohammad Hanif Rezayee, spokesman of the 207th Zafar Military Corps, told Pajhwok Afghan News heavy clashes were ongoing between Taliban militants and IS members in Mazar Kala and Sar Khash areas of the district from Sunday evening.

He said 15 IS members and 13 militants were killed and seven others wounded during the firefight.

Rezayee added that 14 of the IS members were arrested by Taliban militants. Without sharing details, he said that four among the detained IS members were foreigners.

Pajhwok Afghan News could not get the view point of residents in Khak-i-Safid district due to communication problem.

The district chief Abdul Khaliq Noorzai confirmed the clash and said that both sides suffered casualties.

He added that IS leaders in the area Maulviinfo-icon Abdul Malik and Maulvi Abdul Razaq had been escaped to Shindand district of Herat province.

Local officials earlier said that hundreds of Taliban militants attacked IS members in Khak-i-Safid district.

No group so far commented on the incident.

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