225 Daesh terrorists killed in east Afghanistan

July 2, 2016 2:30 pm

Afghan
security forces are seen during clashes with suspected militants
in Kot District in Nangarhar Province on June 26, 2016. ©AFP

At least 225 Daesh
have been killed during military operations in ’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.

Afghan forces are seen during ongoing clashes with suspected Daesh militants in Kot District on June 26, 2016. ©AFP

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.

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