drone strike in NangarahrAt least 57 anti-government armed militants were killed in separate airstrikes and infighting among the rival militant groups in eastern Nangarhar province.

According to the local government officials, the militants were killed during the past 24 hours in different parts of Nangarhar.

Provincial governor’s spokesman Ataullah Khogyani said at least 23 militants were killed in an airstrike in Chaparhar district.

He said a commander of the militants was also among those killed and at least 6 others were wounded in the raid.

Khogyani further added that at least 8 ISIS loyalists were killed and 5 others were wounded during an infighting in the same area.

According to Khogyani, at least 15 ISIS loyalists were killed in an airstrike Haska Mina district.

The Afghan forces have stepped up operations to eliminate the loyalists of ISIS in Afghanistan amid concerns the terror is attempting to expand foothold in the country.

The US forces in Afghanistan have also increased airstrikes against the loyalists of the terror group with the chief of communications for the coalition, Brigadier General Charles Cleveland, earlier saying the United States has carried out 70 to 80 airstrikes against ISIS in Afghanistan.

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