Afghanistan- 36 Daesh fighters killed in Nangarhar

The leader of Islamic State in Afghanistan has been killed in a joint raid in eastern Nangarhar province, Afghan and USA military officials confirmed Sunday.

It said he died 10 days ago in an operation led by Afghan special forces in the eastern Nangarhar province.

'27 militants were killed and 13 others received injuries in the attacks, ' he said, adding that seven Daesh militants were killed and a number others wounded in similar attacks in Chaparhar district of the province on Saturday. Dozens of medical staff and patients were killed in the attack.


"He was responsible for ordering the attack on the 400-bed hospital in Kabul, kidnapped girls and beheaded elders in front of their families", the President's office said.

His group is affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), and the USA military calls it Islamic State-Khorasan, or ISIS-K.

"This is the second ISIS-K emir we have killed in nine months", Gen. John Nicholson, Commander U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, said in a statement.


"Any ISIS member that comes to Afghanistan will meet the same fate", he vowed.

The U.S. military statement said 35 Islamic State fighters and several high ranking commanders were killed in the April 27 raid.

Three months later, two similar attacks during the religious festival of Ashura claimed about 30 lives, and in November 2016 an attack at a mosque in Kabul killed more than 30.


Afghanistan's security forces killed 23 militants, including eight members of Daesh, outlawed in many countries, including Russian Federation, in the past 24 hours, Sputnik reported on Sunday citing the Afghan Defense Ministry.


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