IS militants launch attacks in Afghanistan
Taliban insurgents say they have captured parts of the northern Afghanistan city of Kunduz after staging a pre-dawn coordinated attack from several directions, according to Voice of America.
Hundreds of Islamic State militants staged a coordinated pre-dawn attack against key security outposts in Nangarhar province, according to local authorities. Afghan forces have forced the extremists to retreat, VOA has reported.
Reports say 85 militants and three Afghan policemen were killed. Achin district governor Haji Ghalib Mujahid told VOA in Islamabad that most of the heavily armed militants were Pakistani nationals.
Officials said it was the first major attack by Islamic State militants against Afghan forces, coming after months of reports that the extremist group is becoming more and more powerful in Afghanistan.
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There are worries in Afghanistan that a leadership dispute among the Taliban could lead to more defections to Islamic State, strengthening its ranks in Afghanistan.
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