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Troops battle ISIS for ‘first time’ as they attack security check point in Farah; 28 rebels killed

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Security forces fought rebels linked to the militant group of ISIS aka Daesh for the ‘first time’ after the insurgents attacked their check point in western Farah province, said security official on Tuesday.

Radio Azadi quoted Abdul Rauf Rahmani, spokesman for Second Unit of Afghan National Army (ANA) in Farah, as saying that the battle occurred in Poshtrod district, leaving 28 militants dead, who had links to Daesh. He said the clash continued almost 24 hours, adding that the rebels used new warfare tactics.

According to him, five local policemen were killed and 18 others wounded in the conflict. He added that they have called for air support to defeat the militants in the attack.

Though there are a number of concerns about presence of militants linked to Daesh in Farah but local officials said presence of the rebels group was nothing but a myth.

Farah governor, Mohammad Asif Nang, in his recent interview with Radio Azadi termed Daesh a weak and incapable militant group. “Daesh is a myth. It has no place here. We will eliminate it in one day, not more,” he said.

According to officials in Interior Ministry, ISIS has no presence in Afghanistan, however, a number of rebel groups claim to have joined the group and create hurdles for people through this way.

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