A militant affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan (ISIS-K) has handed over himself and eleven members of his family to the Afghan forces in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The 201st Silab Corps of the Afghan Military in the East said the ISIS-K militant identified as Bakhtan surrendered to the border forces in Achin district.

Bakhtan handed over himself and eleven family members to the border forces, the 201st Silab Corps said in a statement, adding that three women and children were among the family member of Bakhtan.

The loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria Khurasan have not commented regarding the surrender of the group’s militant so far.

Nangarhar has been among the relatively calm provinces in the East but the ISIS-K and Taliban militants have been attempting to expand their foothold in this province during the recent years.

In the meantime, heavy airstrikes and coordinated ground operations are underway against the militant groups in this province.

Both the Afghan and coalition forces conduct regular airstrikes and ground operations to suppress ISIS, Taliban, and other anti-government armed elements.