KABUL: The Afghan intelligence service says it has killed a excessive rating official with the Islamic State affiliate in an operation in japanese Afghanistan.
A press release launched by the Nationwide Directorate of Safety late Saturday stated Assadullah Orakzai was an intelligence chief for the Islamic State and particular forces killed him close to Jalalabad.
Orakzai was suspected of being concerned in a number of lethal assaults towards each army and civilian targets in Afghanistan.
Final week, a United Nations report stated Afghanistan noticed a 13% drop within the variety of civilians killed and wounded in violence throughout the nation within the first six months of the yr, in comparison with the identical interval final yr.
The report credited the drop in casualties partially to the discount of operations by worldwide forces — which now solely act when known as upon and in help of the Afghan forces — and in addition to a lower within the variety of assaults by the Islamic State group.
The report stated the UN had recorded 17 assaults by IS inflicting civilian casualties throughout the first six months of 2020, down from 97 assaults in the identical interval final yr. Total, the UN stated 1,282 individuals had been killed in violence within the first six months of 2020 in Afghanistan and a couple of,176 had been wounded.
In March, a lone Islamic State gunman rampaged by means of a Sikh home of worship within the coronary heart of the Afghan capital, killing 25 worshipers and wounding eight.
The gunman held many worshipers hostage for a number of hours whereas Afghan particular forces, helped by worldwide troops, tried to clear the constructing. Not less than one of many lifeless was a toddler.
Inside hours, the Islamic State group claimed accountability for the assault.
The Afghan particular forces rescued at the least 80 worshipers who had been trapped contained in the Sikh home of worship, often known as a Gurdwara, because the gunman lobbed grenades and fired his automated rifle into the gang.


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