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5 Daesh insurgents killed in Jawzjan airstrike

5 Daesh insurgents killed in Jawzjan airstrike

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Dec 07, 2017 - 17:46

SHEBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Five Daesh rebels have been killed and 10 others injured in the Afghan forces airstrike in the Darz Ab district of northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Thursday.

Governor spokesman Mohammad Raza Ghafoori told Pajhwok Afghan News the airstrike took place Wednesday evening in the Elkhani village in close coordination with security forces on the ground.

The residents of locality remained safe in the airstrike and only Daesh hideouts and sanctuaries had been targeted, he added.

Ghafoori said according to unreliable reports a French man was among dead insurgents in the Wednesday bombardment.

Ahmad Maseh, the resident of Shiberghan, said the presence of Daesh was a matter of concern not only for the people of Darz Ab but the entire country.

Earlier, some Meshrano Jirga members had expressed concern over what they claimed increasing footprint of Islamic State (IS) or Daesh militant group in north and northeastern Afghanistan.

The senators asked the Afghan government to act and stop the militant group from expanding its activities.

“Those who always claim Daesh is eliminated should know the group has been busy recruiting fighters in the north and northeastern parts of the country,” said Abdullah Qurlaq, a lawmaker from northern Kunduz province.

Speaking at today’s session of the upper house, Qurlaq said Daesh group headed by Umar Mohajir was recruiting in Jawzjan and Sar-i-Pul provinces and some local Taliban fighters had also agreed to join the hardcore terrorist group.

He claimed Daesh was paying hundreds of dollars to every young man joining the group and the process of recruitment was underway.

Dr. Mohammad Rasoul, a lawmaker from northern Faryab province, said the Islamic State fighters were busy recruiting fighters in the north, asking the government to conduct military operations there.

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