In an ironic twist of fate, at least 12 militants from ISIS have succeeded in blowing themselves up when they accidentally set off a bomb they were trying to deploy in eastern Afghanistan. The incident occurred on 13 March, according to local officials.
“They were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place,” said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor. He went on to report that an estimated 21 other militants were injured in the botched attempt. No civilians were reported to have been killed or injured.
The Nangarhar Achin district is on the border with Pakistan and, over the last few months, Afghan security forces have been fighting Islamic State militants in the area. On 11 March, an estimated two dozen militants were brought down by the Afghan security force, according to an Afghan army statement.
ISIS has been working to get a foothold in various parts of Afghanistan, but have faced opposition by both the Afghan army and by the local Taliban. Some 1000 to 3000 ISIS members in the area are said to be former members of the Taliban.
Just a few months ago, President Obama allowed US commanders in the area to strike ISIS targets within the borders of Afghanistan. This came after an ISIS attack in Jalalabad on the Pakistani consulate. Prior to this order, US commanders were not allowed to strike ISIS outside the borders of Syria and Iraq.
According to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, ISIS is virtually defeated along the eastern border of the country that runs along Pakistan.
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