Crime & Justice

At least one killed in fresh Taliban operation against IS

Kabul, Nov 18 (EFE).- At least one alleged member of the Islamic State terror group was killed and many others were injured during a fresh Taliban operation against the terror group in Afghanistan, which has become the main threat for the stability of the regime, officials said on Thursday.

The operation took place north of Kabul on Wednesday night, after intelligence services located an IS hideout, the deputy spokesperson of the Taliban government, Enamullah Samangani, told EFE.

“One alleged member of Daesh (the Arabic acronym of IS) was killed and several others arrested. An investigation has been launched about the arrested persons,” he said.

The Taliban’s intelligence services said in a statement that based on “reliable” information, they had discovered the hideout of khawarij (people who misuse Islam), who were planning to carry out multiple attacks.

The statement said that the hideout was destroyed and an undetermined number of terrorists were killed in the operation, while many others were arrested with arms and explosives.

The operation comes after three successive explosions rocked the Afghan capital earlier this week – killing at least five people and injuring around dozen – and were linked to the IS.

After seizing control of the country on Aug. 15, the Taliban have launched a series of operations across the country, claiming to have killed or arrested dozens of IS militants in at least 8 of the country’s 34 provinces. EFE

According to official data released last week, around 600 members of the IS were arrested in the last three months, including high commanders of the terror group, who have been subsequently sent to prison.

The terror groups had stepped up its attacks in Afghanistan as the United States pulled out its troops from the country, with the largest attack targeting the Kabul airport on Aug 26 as Afghans scrambled to flee onboard evacuation flights, killing more than 170 people.

Last month, IS suicide bombings struck Shia mosques in the Kunduz and Kandahar provinces respectively on successive Fridays – Oct. 8 and 15 – killing at least 80 and 60 people, and wounding over 100.

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