Afghanistan says air raids kill 40 ISIL fighters

Afghan defense ministry spokesman says the air strikes have taken place late on Thursday in Achin district

Afghanistan says air raids kill 40 ISIL fighters

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Afghan military said Friday its air force has targeted the ISIL group in the eastern province of Nangarhar, killing at least 40 insurgents.

A defense ministry spokesman said the air strike took place late on Thursday in Achin district. He said several ISIL fighters were also wounded. 

District Governor Gahlib Mujahid said the air strike targeted a meeting of ISIL fighters that was under way in the Pikha Lataband area.

He said most of the dead were foreign fighters and that their bodies were collected by local villagers and handed over to ISIL, which has gained a foothold in Nangarhar.

Nangarhar has seen heavy fighting between ISIL and Taliban fighters. 

Analysts say many ISIL militants are former Taliban members weary of the insurgency's failure to overthrow the Kabul government.

Last Mod: 15 Nisan 2016, 11:47
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