KABUL – Fifteen members of the Islamic State terror organization and six civilians were killed in clashes in the town of Achin in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, after locals refused to cooperate and were attacked by the extremists, official sources reported on Saturday.
The spokesperson of the provincial governor, Attaullah Khogyanai, told EFE that “15 IS terrorists died in a clash between civilians and terrorists in the Wachkot area, in Achin, (Friday) afternoon,” in an incident that lasted about three hours.
“Six civilians including a woman died and one was injured,” he said.
Khogyanai reported that IS members attacked the people after civilians refused to cooperate with them, without specifying what cooperation IS had asked for.
The secretary and member of the provincial council, Zabihullah Zmarai, told EFE that the terrorists had tried to install heavy weapons and rocket launcher very close to the locality to attack security forces.
In a message issued by his office, the provincial governor applauded the resistance of the people against IS, but regretted the loss of life among the residents.
In recent weeks, IS has suffered major blows in Nangarhar, its main bastion in Afghanistan since its emergence in the country in 2015.
On April 13, the United States launched the “mother of all bombs,” on an IS refuge killing nearly 100 members.
Two weeks later, the IS head in Afghanistan, Abdul Hasib, also died in the same region in a joint operation conducted by Afghan and American troops.
Nevertheless, IS has continued to carry out activities such as the assault this month on a headquarters of the Radio Television Afghanistan in Nangarhar, in which 10 people died and 24 others were injured.
The United States, which maintains about 8,400 military personnel in Afghanistan, as part of NATO’s operations and counter-terrorism efforts, has made the elimination of IS in the country as one of its priorities.