Reply to Mosque Bombing, Taliban Special Forces Destroy ISIS Cells

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ACCEPTANCE Taliban , Afghanistan’s new ruler, said troops in particular had destroyed the cells ISIS in the north of Kabul on Sunday (3/10/2021) evening. This attack was in retaliation for a bomb blast at the gate of a mosque in Kabul that killed five civilians.

The local ISIS group known as ISIS-Khorasan or ISIS-K has claimed attacks on Taliban targets and still refuses to make peace with Afghanistan’s new ruler.

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Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said special forces carried out an operation against Islamic State elements in the 17th district of Kabul, north of the city on Sunday evening.

“The ISIS base was completely destroyed and all ISIS members on board were killed as a result of this decisive and successful attack,” he said in a statement on Twitter early Monday (4/10/2021). Reuters.

Earlier, local media had reported heavy clashes broke out in the area and residents contacted confirmed they had heard explosions and gunfire during the night.

The Taliban, which is also fighting the remnants of forces loyal to Ahmad Massoud, an opposition leader from Panjshir province north of Kabul, say they have almost taken control of the country.

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But Sunday’s violence, and a series of minor incidents in recent days in several areas including Nangarhar on the border with Pakistan and Parwan in northern Kabul, have shown that the security threat has not disappeared.

ISIS previously claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in the eastern city of Jalalabad as well as for a suicide bombing that killed 13 US troops and scores of Afghan civilians who had huddled outside the gates of Kabul airport last month.

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