Intense clashes between DAESH and Taliban have killed a total of 32 from both armed groups in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Nangarhar.
Nangarhar governorate spokesman Attaullah Hogyanay said that 17 DAESH terrorists have been killed in the Bate Kot district of Nangarhar during the clashes between the two groups on Thursday according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.
Taliban has recently been gaining more strength in Bate Kot, the spokesman stated.
In addition, there have been fierce clashes In Acin, another district of Nangarhar, which have killed 10 DAESH terrorists and 5 Taliban members, District Governor Haji Ghalib Mucahed has announced.
The clashes have been continuing in four villages of the district and Taliban has taken over two villages in the area, Mucahed added.
Neither DAESH nor Taliban has released any statement regarding the recent clashes.
Taliban has reportedly suffered defections to DAESH since its former leader Mullah Mohammed Omar's death which was reported in late July 2015.
There have been rumors that Omar’s successor Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour could not ensure unity in the group because he has not been receiving a full support from the Taliban’s Quetta Shura (Council).
The Taliban ruled Afghanistan before a US-led coalition occupied the country and helped form a new government in 2001 following the September 11 attacks. The group has fought against the Afghan government forces reinforced by NATO since 2001 and has recently intensified its attacks.