Afghan troops kill senior Islamic state militant

Kabul, August 2

The Afghan intelligence service says it has killed a excessive rating official with the Islamic State affiliate in an operation in jap Afghanistan.

A press release launched by the National Directorate of Security late Saturday mentioned Assadullah Orakzai was an intelligence chief for the Islamic State and particular forces killed him close to Jalalabad.

Orakzai was suspected of being concerned in a number of lethal assaults towards each army and civilian targets in Afghanistan.

Last week, a United Nations report mentioned Afghanistan noticed a 13% drop within the variety of civilians killed and wounded in violence throughout the nation within the first six months of the 12 months, in comparison with the identical interval final 12 months.

The report credited the drop in casualties partially to the discount of operations by worldwide forces — which now solely act when referred to as upon and in assist of the Afghan forces — and likewise to a lower within the variety of assaults by the Islamic State group.

The report mentioned the UN had recorded 17 assaults by IS inflicting civilian casualties in the course of the first six months of 2020, down from 97 assaults in the identical interval final 12 months. Overall, the U.N. mentioned 1,282 folks had been killed in violence within the first six months of 2020 in Afghanistan and a pair of,176 had been wounded.

In March, a lone Islamic State gunman rampaged via a Sikh home of worship within the coronary heart of the Afghan capital, killing 25 worshipers and wounding eight.

The gunman held many worshipers hostage for a number of hours whereas Afghan particular forces, helped by worldwide troops, tried to clear the constructing. At least one of many useless was a baby.

Within hours, the Islamic State group claimed duty for the assault.

The Afghan particular forces rescued not less than 80 worshipers who had been trapped contained in the Sikh home of worship, often called a Gurdwara, because the gunman lobbed grenades and fired his automated rifle into the gang. –AP

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