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Provincial govt rules out presence of ISIS in Helmand

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Amidst reports about existence of ISIS militants in Afghanistan, the spokesman for acting governor of southern Helmand province Omar Zwak on Saturday termed the reports as unfounded and said the militant groups has no presence and activity in the province.

“There is no such group with the name of Daesh or ISIS”, he said.

Residents of Sangeen district at the beginning of this month said that a new group has started operating in their areas wearing black clothes and carry black flag. The news rounded national and international media for the past week. The residents also said that the group is joining hands against the Taliban under the command of Abdul Rauf, an ex-Taliban devotee.

Local officials confirmed that a gun battle has also taken place between the new formed armed group and Taliban which has left about 20 people dead from both sides.

In the meantime, the Taliban leaderships have asked fighters not to allow ISIS militants in Afghanistan.

The group according to reports is in the hassle to enhance the network leaving al-Qaeda and all other terrorist groups behind.

The group after occupying more areas in Iraq and Syria is now reportedly busy in recruiting fighters in other countries including central Asia.

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