Afghan airstrikes kill 26 IS militants

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

A total of 26 militants including seven foreign nationals have been confirmed dead after unmanned planes targeted the positions of Islamic State (IS) militants in Darzab district of the northern Jawzjan province in Afghanistan on early Tuesday.

"Acting upon intelligence report, the security forces conducted drone strikes against IS rebels in Darzab district early morning", provincial Police Chief Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani told Xinhua news agency.

Some 20 more insurgents sustained injuries in the raids, he said.

Without identifying the nationality of the foreign fighters, the official said that foreign nationals from some countries are fighting alongside IS insurgents in Darzab district.

Investigation has been initiated, he added.

Meanwhile, Afghan defense ministry has confirmed that five IS commanders including notorious Raes Ghani and Agha Rahim are also among those killed in the air strikes.