DaeshFive members of the militant group of the Islamic State (IS) which is also known by its Arabic name Daesh have been killed in a drone strike in Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Wednesday.

Achin’s governor Haji Ghalib Mujahid said the insurgents were targeted in Bandar area late Tuesday afternoon.

He added that one of those killed was a local commander of the group who was riding on a horse by the time of the attack.

U.S. Forces have increased air campaign against militants in Nangarhar which is considered the stronghold of Daesh in Afghanistan.

The coalition officials estimate between 1,000 to 3,000 Islamic State fighters are stationed in eastern Afghanistan and are trying to establish a base of operations in the rugged mountains of Nangarhar Province.