ISIS affiliates attack Pakistani-Afghan border

ISIS-affiliated Pakistani militants say they were behind attacks on paramilitary checkpoint along Afghan border

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Policemen stand beside the coffins of their colleagues, who were killed in a shoot out with militants, during their funeral prayers in Peshawar, Pakistan, September 2, 2015.

Updated Sep 14, 2015

A recent assault on a paramilitary checkpoint along the Afghan border was claimed on Sunday by a Pakistani militant group that is believed to have pledged allegiance to ISIS. This marks the first offense claimed by the former faction of the Taliban for several months.

The group attacked Damadola district of the Bajaur tribal area located in Pakistan’s northwest, where the military has been fighting the militant group since 2007, a faction affiliated with the militant group told Reuters late on Saturday.

"Our men destroyed the post, set it on fire and left it after our operation was complete," he said by telephone.

Two Pakistani intelligence officials confirmed a checkpoint had been attacked but no figures for a death toll were reported.

The Pakistani government claims that ISIS, which controls large swathes of territory in both Syria and Iraq, does not have significant presence in the country.

However, several factions of the Pakistani Taliban pledged allegiance last year to ISIS as well as its leader, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

ISIS along with its central government has not yet formally and publicly accepted any of those pledges, nor has it claimed responsibility for any attacks carried out in Pakistan.

On Sunday, military jets bombed the Mana district of Shawal Valley, a key Taliban stronghold and a main smuggling route into Afghanistan, killing at least 15 members of the militant groups, according to two security officials.

The deeply forested Valley is still marked with Taliban bases and foreign fighters, more than a year after the Pakistani military announced a campaign to fully eradicate the Taliban presence and influence from the North Waziristan region along the Afghan border.

TRTWorld and agencies