Afghanistan: US airstrike kills 40 suspected militants

Airstrike hits militants in eastern Nangarhar province which borders Pakistan

Afghanistan: US airstrike kills 40 suspected militants

World Bulletin / News Desk

U.S. forces conducted an airstrike in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan killing 40 suspected pro-ISIL militants, officials confirmed on Sunday.

Hazrat Hussain, spokesman for the security headquarters in Nangarhar province, said that the airstrike Saturday night targeted hideouts of the suspected militants in the restive Achin district bordering Pakistan’s troubled tribal region. 

“Two ISIL commanders Qari Quran and Qari Fida who were running the camp there to train suicide bombers have been targeted along with a number of other local and foreign militants in Achin,” he said.

This comes amid a surge in lethal air raids conducted by Afghan and U.S. forces, and equally deadly retaliation from the militants following the announcement of the new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, in August.

According to a U.S. Air Forces Central Command report, the Taliban and the ISIL militant group by 751 U.S. airstrikes in September alone.

As retaliation, in at least five attacks claimed by the militants this week alone, up to 200 people, mostly security personnel have been killed.

After Saturday’s Taliban-claimed suicide attack near the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul that killed 15 Afghan National Army (ANA) cadets, President Ashraf Ghani said the terrorists and their supporters were facing increasing isolation.

“The government and people of Afghanistan will not be frightened by the terrorists acts of a minority, and will vigorously continue to pursue the chosen path of peace, stability, development and progress,” he said in a statement.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ekim 2017, 15:24