225 Daesh terrorists killed in east Afghanistan
At least 225 Daesh terrorists have been killed during military operations in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province over the past week, local officials say.
Authorities announced on Saturday that most of the Takfiri militants were killed in their hideout in the Kot district of Nangarhar during the operation “jointly conducted” by Afghan troops and US air forces, according to local media.
Nangarhar Governor Salim Kunduzi said last week that 131 of the Daesh terrorists as well as 12 Afghan forces were killed within the first two days of the offensive.
Nearly 90 houses were torched down by the terrorists in the area. The clashes in Kot have forced nearly 500 families to flee the violence zone.
The armed clashes occurred after the Daesh-linked militants launched a major attack on police check points in Kot last month, killing several local residents and security personnel.
The operations against the Daesh affiliates in Afghanistan come amid rising concerns that the terror group is attempting to gain a new foothold in the country.
Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, has been the main area where Daesh has managed to carry out high-profile attacks.
Daesh has reportedly managed to establish connections with the Taliban’s splinter groups, especially those believed to be discontent with changes in the militant group’s leadership.
The Takfiri group has also enjoyed defections from al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.