Following an operation by intelligence forces in Jalalabad city, the provincial capital of the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, local officials claimed to have discovered and destroyed an ISIS hideout.
The intelligence operation reportedly took place in Jalalabad’s police district 4 on late Sunday, December 11, after obtaining intelligence information, according to the state-run Bakhtar News Agency.
According to the local officials cited in Bakhtar’s report, during the intelligence operation, 2 of the ISIS members were killed and 1 other sustained injuries.
The operation also resulted in the discovery of a weapons cache of riffles, some of which were destroyed, while others were seized by the operating forces.
Following the assassination of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, by a US CIA drone strike in Kabul’s downtown, the Afghan government is accused of providing safe havens for international terrorists.
Since the Afghan government continues to have cordial relations with the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and ISIS has intensified operations, many countries in the international community are apprehensive about the regrouping and resurrection of terrorism in Afghanistan.
In a statement before the Commonwealth Council of Heads of Security and Special Services earlier in late October, Russian President Vladimir Putin forewarned of the growth of terrorist groups on the Afghan border and their infiltration into the Commonwealth Independent States.
The operation destroying the ISIS cell in Nangarhar province came at a time when the US Department of State, last week, stated that the US will take action and intervene if terrorists regrouped in Afghanistan.