Up to 29 Daesh fighters were killed as the NATO-led Resolute Support (RS) forces launched air sorties in the restive Achin district of Nangarhar province along the border with Pakistan overnight, a statement of the provincial government released on Tuesday said.
“The foreign forces conducted four air raids against Daesh positions in Momand Dara area of Achin district Monday night killing 29 Daesh militants and destroying an IS radio station,” the statement asserted.
Those killed in the raids include five employees of the banned group’s radio station and five persons in charge of Internet service of the extremist group, the statement added.
Several high-ranking IS members were also among the dead bodies in the mountainous Achin district which is regarded as an IS stronghold in eastern part of the country.
The district bordering Pakistan has been the scene of heavy clashes between IS militants and security forces over the past several months.
Similar air strikes in Gomal district of the eastern Paktika province along the border with Pakistan on Monday night killed 17 Taliban insurgents, spokesman for Paktika’s provincial administration, Nabiullah Pirkhil said on Tuesday.
“Acting upon intelligence reports, the pilotless plane of the coalition forces stormed the hideouts of Taliban rebels in Gomal district Monday night killing 17 armed insurgents,” Pirkhil said.
A vehicle of militants was destroyed in the raid, the official added.
Taliban militants who are active in parts of Paktika have yet to make comment.
Meanwhile, three Taliban fighters have been killed in Dand-e-Ghori district of the northern Baghlan province over the past two days, provincial governor Abdul Sattar Bariz said. Xinhua reported.