Several militants have been killed in clashes between the loyalists of the terrorist group of the Islamic State (IS) which is also known by its Arabic name ‘Daesh’ and Taliban in Gomal District of Paktika province.
Local residents said on Thursday that the clashes have been erupting in Khand and Dinarkhil areas since last two days and that around 80 insurgents have been killed so far.
According to them, drone strikes were also carried out during these clashes in which 18 Taliban were killed and two vehicles belonging to the security guards of the group’s shadow governor for Paktika province were destroyed.
Khaista Khan Akhtarzada, governor of Gomal District said three commanders of Daesh are among those killed in Dinarkhil area.
According to Akhtarzada, the clashes erupted when Taliban opposed Daesh commanders who were planning to open offices in the area.
Niamatullah Baburi, deputy of the Provincial Council of Paktika also confirmed to Khaama Press that the clashes have been erupting between the fighters of Daesh and Taliban in the area but did not provide further details.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesperson confirmed losing five fighters in Gumal District. According to Mujahid the fighters were killed in an airstrike.
Azizullah Amiree / Paktika