(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Terrorists have killed at least 13 Afghan security forces in separate attacks, officials said Sunday, as the country struggles to contain a long-running Taliban terrorists and combat a growing threat from a local ISIS affiliate.
Munir Ahmad Farhad, spokesman for the governor of the northern Balkh province, said a roadside bomb killed nine security forces and wounded several others the night before in the Chimtal district, where they were waging an ongoing operation against the Taliban. He said five terrorists have been killed and dozens wounded.
In a separate incident, ISIS terrorists attacked the Darzab district headquarters in the neighboring Jawzjan province Saturday night, and that gun battles were still underway, said Mohammad Reza Ghafori, spokesman for the provincial governor.
“We have asked for reinforcements as well as air support to battle the ISIS militants there,” he said.
Four Afghan reinforcements, including a unit commander, were killed in an ambush as they raced to the scene of the clashes, he said.
The ISIS terrorist group has a growing presence in eastern Afghanistan.