AT-KABUL: At least 54 militants loyal to the Islamic State, known as Daesh, were killed during a clearing operation lunched by security forces in eastern Nangarhar province, security officials said Saturday.
In a statement ministry of defense said the terrorists were killed in Pachiragam district, while the insurgents coordinated attack in security posts.
“Several foreign terrorists were among them and some ammunition was also seized during the operation,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said the security forces started clashes with the Daesh terrorists on Friday morning and sporadic clashes still continue in the area.
He said the Daesh terrorists have torched the houses of the public uprising forces and at least 4 civilians lost their lives in the attack.
Khogyani further added that 54 Daesh terrorists were killed and at least 22 others were wounded during the clashes but did not elaborate further regarding the civilian casualties.
The Daesh terrorist group has not commented regarding the report.
This is the first large scale attack by Daesh in the province following months of coordinated counter-terrorism operations by Afghan forces that incurred heavy losses to the loyalists of the terror group.
The security forces as well as the US forces are regularly conducting counter-terrorism operations to root out the loyalists of Daesh terrorists who are attempting to expand foothold in the country.
Separately, At least 13 Taliban insurgents were killed and five others wounded in operations launched by security forces in northern Kunduz province, security official said.
In a statement ministry of defense said the operations were conducted in different area of the province in which at least 13 insurgents including a commander was killed.
The Taliban commander was identified as Mullah Shamsullah who was killed in the operations.
No civilian’s casualties were reported.
Elsewhere, air strikes targeted Taliban hideout in western Farah province in which at least 15 insurgents were killed, the ministry said.