Taliban say forces destroy Islamic State cell hours after Kabul blast

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KABUL, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Taliban authorities forces destroyed an Islamic State cell within the north of Kabul late on Sunday, a spokesperson for the motion stated, after a blast outdoors a mosque within the Afghan capital killed and wounded plenty of civilians.

There was no affirmation that the operation was immediately related with Sunday’s blast, which seemed to be essentially the most severe assault within the Afghan capital because the withdrawal of U.S. forces on the finish of August.

The native affiliate of Islamic State, often called ISIS-Khorasan, has already claimed to have carried out assaults on Taliban targets and stays unreconciled to the motion which swept to victory over the Western-backed authorities in Kabul in August.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid stated a particular Taliban unit carried out an operation towards ISIS components in Kabul’s seventeenth district, within the metropolis’s north late on Sunday.

“The ISIS base was entirely destroyed and all of the ISIS members inside were killed as a result of this decisive and successful attack,” he stated in a press release on Twitter early on Monday.

Earlier, native media had reported heavy clashes within the space and residents contacted confirmed they’d heard explosions and gunfire throughout the night time.

The Taliban, who’re additionally preventing the remnants of forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud, an opposition chief from the Panjshir area north of Kabul, have stated they’ve nearly full management of the nation.

But Sunday’s violence, and a string of smaller incidents in latest days in areas together with Nangarhar on the border with Pakistan and Parwan north of Kabul, have proven that safety threats haven’t disappeared.

Islamic State has claimed accountability for bomb assaults within the jap metropolis of Jalalabad as properly for a suicide assault that killed 13 U.S. troops and scores of Afghan civilians who had crowded outdoors the Kabul airport gates, determined to safe seats on evacuation flights.

Reporting by Kabul and Islamabad bureaus; Writing by James Mackenzie;Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan