Afghanistan: IS militants killed in US drone strike
The US and Nato have stepped up efforts to push back militants in Afghanistan.world Updated: Jul 01, 2017 01:32 IST
A US drone strike in the eastern Kunar province resulted in multiple casualties among fighters of the Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan, known as Khorasan province.
US forces in Afghanistan targeted the militants in Kunar’s Manogi district on Thursday night, provincial police spokesman Faridullah Dehqan was quoted as saying by Khaama Press. According to Dehqan, three militants were killed and a fourth was wounded.
There was no comment from the IS on the report.
The US and Nato have stepped up efforts to push back militants in Afghanistan. At a meeting in Brussels, Nato agreed to send around 3,000 troops to train and work alongside Afghan security forces, according to the Associated Press.
Last month, the US had agreed to deploy an additional 4,000 troops for counter-terrorism operations against Taliban, al-Qaeda and IS militants, which would take the total number of American troops in Afghanistan to more than 12,000.
Meanwhile, Taliban militants stormed a security post in Farah province on Thursday, killing at least six policemen and wounding three, officials said. Abdul Marouf Folad, the provincial chief police, said the attack was followed by a three-hour gun battle, with nine militants also killed.
In a separate incident, a pickup truck hit a roadside bomb in Nangarhar province’s Achin district on Friday, killing seven people. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, though the area has seen expanding attacks by IS militants.
(With inputs from AP)
First Published: Jun 30, 2017 22:21 IST