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3 alleged IS members killed in northern Afghanistan

Kabul, Mar 27 (EFE).- The security forces of the Taliban gunned down at least three members of the Islamic State (IS) terror group in multiple operations in recent weeks in northern Afghanistan, according to official sources.

The General Directorate of Intelligence (GDI) of the Taliban government said in a series of tweets late Sunday that those killed were key members of Daesh, or the IS, in Police Districts 5,8 and 10 in Mazar-e-Sharif in Balkh province .

Those killed were “Zainuddin, Daesh’s temporary head of Balkh and head of the judicial system and the second most popular person in ISIS-Khorasan; Abu Omar Afridi, a member of Daesh Khorasan council; and Ustad Salman Tajikistani, who was in charge of military training and organizing mines,” said a tweet by the authorities.

Moreover, the GDI added that in a previous Taliban operation in Faryab province, everyone involved in the attack on former Balkh Governor Mohammad Dawood Muzamil were arrested. Many of them were also involved in several other attacks in Kabul, Faryab and Balkh provinces.

The Taliban have increased the number of operations against IS after a suicide attack on Mar.9 that killed the governor of Balkh, a senior Taliban member, and two others during a working meeting.

Since the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan a year and a half ago, several suspected IS members have been killed in operations by the fundamentalists in an attempt to fulfill the security guarantees given to the US forces before their pullout.

The IS has claimed most of the terror attacks in the country in recent months.

Fundamentalists maintain a strong rivalry with the terrorist group, which emerged as one of the main security threats in Afghanistan after the Taliban’s rise to power in August 2021. EFE


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