Kabul : At least 131 Daesh fighters were killed in an ongoing fighting with the Afghan security forces in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.
According to the local officials, seven security force personnel and five civilians were killed besides 31 others wounded in the clash, which continues over the past two days.
Nangarhar governor Salim Kunduzi said the gunbattle between the two sides started early on Friday after hundreds of Dash rebels attacked the security forces’ outpost in Kot district.
Kunduzi said the clash still continues in Sayed Ahmad Khail and Sepai villages in the district, adding over 200 local police force members have been deployed to clear the area of militants.
“Nearly 36 Daesh rebels were killed in face-to-face battle with security forces, 95 others were killed in airstrikes. The clashes still continue [in Kot],” Tolo News quoted Kunduzi as saying.
General Dad Mohammad Harifi, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief in Nangarhar, said, “According to intelligence reports, nearly 600 Daesh fighters attacked the district and that the security forces are trying to eliminate them.”
Meanwhile, Nangarhar police chief Zorawar Zahid said the military operation will continue in Kot to eliminate all the insurgents.
Reports say that a number of tribal elders in Nangarhar have announced their support to the Afghan security forces in fight against Daesh rebels in the province. (ANI)