KABUL: At least 68 members of the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group were killed in strikes by the Afghan air force in the eastern province of Nangarhar.
Attaullah Khogyani, the spokesman for the provincial governor, said the aerial assaults were carried out across the Achin district some 150 kilometers (86 miles) east of the capital, Kabul.
Nangarhar has seen a rise in the number of militants joining Daesh ranks in recent months.
Taliban have warned Daesh ringleader Ibrahim al-Samarrai, also known as Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, against “waging a parallel insurgency in Afghanistan.”
Earlier this month, about 40 Daesh terrorists were killed in Afghan aerial and ground attacks in Achin.
Dozens of the terrorists were killed last month during an operation in which the Takfiri group’s radio station in the district was destroyed, Achin governor Haji Ghalib Mujahid said.
Afghanistan is gripped by insecurity 14 years after the United States and its allies attacked the country as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. Although the 2001 attack overthrew the Taliban, many areas across Afghanistan still face violence and insecurity.