Daesh in NangarharThe fate of around 300 villagers detained by the militant group of the Islamic State (IS) or Daesh in eastern Afghanistan is still unknown, an official says.

Governor of Nangarhar’s Achin District has told VOA news that the 300 villagers have been kidnapped by the group in his district in last two months.

According to Haji Ghalib Mujahid, Daesh is running eight captivities in Abdulkhil, Mamand, Pikhi, Shadal and Takhto areas.

About the fate of the hostages, the governor said there is no information “On how many of them might have been killed.”

Some local residents have also confirmed to the news agency that Daesh kidnapped several community elders in their areas.

On condition of anonymity, they have told media that some elders were later released for ransom but others who could not afford to pay money are still missing.

Zabihullah Zmarai, a member of the provincial council of Nangarhar says the missing community elders are either in Daesh-run prisons or killed.

Achin District is the stronghold of the militant group in eastern part of the country.

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