IS mil­i­tants kill 30, in­clud­ing chil­dren, in Afghanistan

The Myanmar Times - - World -

MIL­I­TANTS linked to the Is­lamic State group killed around 30 civil­ians, in­clud­ing chil­dren, in the cen­tral Afghan prov­ince of Ghor, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment said yes­ter­day.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred late Oc­to­ber 25 north of the pro­vin­cial cap­i­tal Firoz Koh, with the gov­ern­ment call­ing it a re­venge at­tack after a lo­cal IS com­man­der was killed.

“Our se­cu­rity forces with the help of lo­cals con­ducted an op­er­a­tion and killed a Daesh [IS] com­man­der yes­ter­day. Daesh fight­ers in re­turn ab­ducted around 30 vil­lagers, mostly shep­herds,” Ghor Gover­nor Nasir Khazeh said.

The killings un­der­score un­rav­el­ling se­cu­rity in Afghanistan as the resur­gent Tal­iban con­tinue a push into ur­ban cen­tres 15 years after they were top­pled from power by the US in­va­sion.

IS fight­ers are also mak­ing steady in­roads into Afghanistan, win­ning over sym­pa­this­ers, re­cruit­ing fol­low­ers and chal­leng­ing the Tal­iban on their own turf, pri­mar­ily in the coun­try’s tur­bu­lent east.

In March Afghan Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani an­nounced that the Is­lamists had been de­feated after lo­cal se­cu­rity forces claimed vic­tory in a month­s­long op­er­a­tion against the group.

But IS mil­i­tants have con­tin­ued to launch deadly strikes in the coun­try.

In July, IS ji­hadists claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for twin ex­plo­sions that ripped through crowds of Shi­ite Hazaras in Kabul, killing at least 80 peo­ple in the dead­li­est sin­gle at­tack in the Afghan cap­i­tal since 2001. –

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