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IS kills 18 Afghan soldiers in attack on outpost

  • In an attack on an Afghan army post in Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, Islamic State fighters have killed at least 18 soldiers.

    Ahmad Ali Hazrat, head of the provincial council, said the attack that took place late on Thursday in the Deh Bala district of Nangarhar near Pakistan killed about 18 soldiers manning an outpost.

    Attahullah Khoqyani, the spokesman for Nangarhar's governor, said that operations carried out by Afghan troops and well-backed by international forces, had killed about 25 IS militants in two districts of the province in last 24 hours.

    During the past two years, loyalists of IS have set up a stronghold in eastern parts of Afghanistan where they are at war with both the Afghan security forces and the Taliban.

    The Nangarhar attack came on the day of Islamic State claiming a suicide bombing on Sufi shrine in southern Pakistan that killed at least 83 people.