ISIS ,Taliban clash kills more than 12 in Afghanistan

Fighting between ISIS and Taliban fighters leaves at least 12 dead in Afghanistan, as efforts for wiping out insurgency continue in the country

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Afghan army announced on Sunday that more than 12 people were killed in a clash between militants from Taliban,ISIS in the eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Saturday.

Clashes between the two groups emerged in the Khogiani district of the province, some 150 kilometers east of the Afghan capital of Kabul. Over seven Taliban militants were killed and eight others were wounded as a result of the fighting.

“The fierce fighting left six ISIS fighters dead and four others wounded,” the Afghan army’s east corps command said in a statement.

“ISIS`s dreaded commander in the area, Qari Mirwais, was among those killed in the clash,” he added.

Chief of Afghan Intelligence Agency, Rahmatullah Nabil expressed his concern over the activities of the ISIS militants in the region.

He also pointed out that ISIS and Taliban are the enemies of the Afghan people, adding the importance of the six months of tackling with the two militant groups.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said to Anadolu Agency on Sunday that the power of ISIS has been weakened in Afghanistan, adding that the group warned the fighters who are affiliated with the ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi with a letter to halt their activity in the country.

ISIS militants killed three Taliban militants, beheading one and setting many homes to fire in the beginning of this month, before ripping into Taliban strongholds in Nangarhar province.

Meanwhile, according to a Afghan Intelligence Agency’s statement which was released on Sunday, Abdul Qahar Haqyar, who is allegedly Taliban’s shadow governor of Door Baba district in Nangarhar province, and his five fighters have been detained.

On Saturday , the Afghan Ministry of Defense said in a statement that at least five Taliban militants were killed by US drone strikes in eastern Nuristan province.

Additionally, Afghan Ministry of Interior said on Sunday that in recent operations ,Afghan troops killed more than 43 Taliban militants and injured 25 others in Kunduz, Faryab, Helmand, Uruzgan, Nuristan and Ghazni provinces.

As the operations were continuing in Afghanistan against Taliban militants, Pakistan reported that it killed 23 suspected militants in air strikes in the restive North Waziristan and Khyber Agency tribal regions near the Afghan border.

Taliban have increased the frequency of the attacks in Afghanistan following the launch of the its spring offensive in April.

The US led international forces transferred the responsibility of security to Afghan government in the region at the end of 2014.


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